SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A special doubleheader takes place at the Sanford Pentagon on Nov. 15. The South Dakota State wrestling team hits the mat against the Binghamton University Bearcats in a dual match at 5:30 p.m. and the SDSU women’s basketball program faces Dakota Wesleyan at 8 p.m.
About South Dakota State University Wrestling
South Dakota State was 3-10 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12 Conference last season. This will be the second season for SDSU head coach Damion Hahn. Last season, the Jackrabbits sent Henry Pohlmeyer to the NCAA Wrestling Championships for his second consecutive appearance. SDSU placed one champion, Zach Carlson, at the season opening Bison Open on Nov. 9.
About Binghamton University Wrestling
The Bearcats are coached by brother duo, Kyle and Jasen Borshoff. This will be Kyle’s third season as head coach, who led Binghamton to 8-2 in the EIWA conference and to a 6th place finish at the EIWA Championship. Last season the Bearcats sent three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, two of which, Zach Trampe and Anthony Sparacio, return this year.
About South Dakota State Women’s Basketball
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are coming off a 28-7 season, finishing first in the Summit League Conference. The Jackrabbits won the 2019 Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Oregon. Aaron Johnston, the four-time Summit League Coach of the Year, is entering his 20th season with South Dakota State.
About Dakota Wesleyan Women’s Basketball
A member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Dakota Wesleyan finished last season with a 31-6 overall record. The Tigers finished third in the GPAC Conference and advanced to the semi-finals of the NAIA Division II Tournament before losing to Southeastern in double overtime. DWU won the NAIA DII Tournament in 2018. Jason Christensen is in his 10th season as head coach of Dakota Wesleyan.
Upcoming Events at the Pentagon
The Pentagon will host the NSIC Volleyball Tournament from Nov. 22-24. On Dec. 8, the SDVBCA All Star Match will take place on Heritage Court. The University of South Dakota takes on the University of Northern Colorado in a nonconference men’s basketball game on Dec. 20.
The Pentagon has hosted schools from more than a dozen different NCAA Division I conferences in its six-year history. The Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, SEC, Pac 12 and WCC have all sent teams to Sioux Falls.
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The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes as a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Parking and accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? The Pentagon has a variety of options for food and beverages, including several upgrades for the 2019-20 season. Check out Slam Dunk: all your favorites, including pizza, nachos, hot dogs and popcorn; Jump Shot: this new spot features coffee and espresso drinks plus a full-service bar; Sixth Man Sweets: satisfy your sweet tooth with candy, ice cream, Icees and cotton candy. Also, across the street is the Blue Rock Bar and Grill. Want to stay close to the arena? The Fairfield Inn & Suites is across the street. The venue also has an official team store and several ATM stations.
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame calls the Sanford Pentagon home. Visitors can enjoy the free exhibit that includes historical photos, records and memorabilia. In fact, the entire facility is a trek to a different era. The Pentagon took great care to include old photos, jerseys and mementos throughout the entire venue. One of last year’s new elements highlights former high school championship teams that are available for viewing on the second level.