Wrestling continues season after two week break
After a two and a half week break in the meet schedule the Eagle wrestling team will take on the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks, N.D. The Blue Hawks will travel to Chadron from Dickinson Wednesday to compete with the Eagles beginning at 7 p.m. The Dickinson Blue Hawks are 2-1 on the season in duals whereas the Eagles are off to a rough start with a 0-3 dual record.
On Nov. 23, the Eagles traveled to Kearney to compete in the University of Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open. The meet was divided into two divisions: the Elite Division and the Amateur Division. The Eagles wrestled seven in the Elite Division and 11 in the Amateur Division.
In the Elite Division, Dustin Stodola, senior of Clarkson, won his three matches to become the 133-pound champion. Stodola won all three of his matches by decision. Stodola is now 10-0 on the year and that includes a victory over returning All-American Casy Rowell of Central Oklahoma.
Also in the Elite Division was Tyler Smart, junior of Wheatland, Wyo., 165-pounds. Smart won his first match against Kyle Pope of the University of Wyoming, Laramie, by decision; however, he lost his next two matches leaving
Stodola as the only CSC champion in the Elite Division.
While the Eagles only won four matches in the Elite Division, they made a name for themselves in the Amateur Division winning 33 out of 53 total matches. The highest placing Eagle in the Amateur Division was CJ Clark, junior of Rapid City, S.D., 157-pounds. Clark won his first four matches, one by major decision and three by decision, which advanced him to the championship match. In the championship match, Clark fell to Juan Alvarado of New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, by decision and a score of 6-5.
In addition to Clark, there were six other Eagle wrestlers to finish in the top six of the Amateur Division. They were Taylor Summers, redshirt freshman of Plymouth, 125-pounds; Jay Stine, redshirt freshman of Worland, Wyo., 141-pounds; Jacob Anderson, freshman of Central City, 149-pounds; Caleb Copeland, freshman of Bennett, Colo., 165-pounds; Stuart Hircock, freshman of Amherst, 185-pounds; and Rulon Taylor, freshman of Curtis, 285-pounds.
Summers won three of his five matches; each by decision, and Stine won all but one of his matches. Stine won four of his matches by decision, one by fall, and one by medical forfeit.
Anderson started the open strong with three wins; one decision, one major decision, and one sudden victory; however, he lost steam and lost his final three matches to finish in sixth place.
Copeland went 4-2 to finish fourth. Three of his four wins were decisions and he also pinned Western State’s Eric Bach.
Hircock pinned Kale Hintz of Concordia University, Seward, and Augustine DeSantis of Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Taylor also won two of his matches by fall, and finished the tournament 4-2.