Eagle wrestlers improve season record to 14-1 after 3-dual weekend
The Chadron State wrestlers had quite the weekend, wrestling three duals in four days. They wrestled against New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, on Thursday night; Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota, on Saturday afternoon; and Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota, on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles won all three duals, advancing their season record to 14-1 with a 10-win streak.
The Eagles won the dual against New Mexico Highlands 22-16, scraping by with a pin from Cooper Cogdill, redshirt freshman of Chadron, 285-pounds, who turned the 16-16 tie in the Eagles’ favor.
“We have two more tough duals coming up,” Cogdill said. “We’re struggling with injuries and fatigue entering the end of our season and we just really need to focus and take it one match at a time to go 16-1 to end the dual season. Then we have some time to get focused on regionals.”
The Highland Cowboys and the Eagles both won 5 matches, but Chance Helmick, sophomore of Beatrice, 165-pounds, bested his opponent with a pin to boost the outcome for the Eagles.
Johnny Porter, redshirt freshman of Bellevue, 157-pounds, earned a 10-2 major decision; and Taylor Summers, junior of Plymouth, 133-pounds, and Caleb Copeland, junior of Bennett, Colorado, 174-pounds, both earned decisions.
The Eagles led into the dual against Northern State with more determination and pulled away with a 28-18 win. Copeland led the charge against the Wolves with a pin over Ayden Garcia, freshman of West Point, California, in 0:57. He was followed by Summers and Helmick, who both earned technical falls.
Brandon Kile, freshman of Hastings, 125-pounds, and Shane Rodenburg, freshman of Kent City, Michigan, 184-pounds, both added to the Eagle’s lead with 5-2 and 8-5 decisions, respectively. Cogdill won his match by forfeit.
The Eagles shut out Dakota Wesleyan in front of an energetic crowd, 53-0.
The match started with two wins by forfeit for Kile and Summers. Those points were followed with a pin from Brock Thumm, redshirt freshman of Watervliet, Michigan, 141-pounds, in 2:58; and another from Clayton Steinmetz, junior of Hot Springs, South Dakota, 149-pounds, in 3:49.
Porter was able to put a 10-4 decision on the board, and was followed by Reed Burgener, junior of Douglas, Wyoming, 165-pounds, followed with a pin in 35 seconds.
The only senior on the team, Taylor Pownall, of Gillette, Wyoming, 174-pounds, put a technical fall on the board with a score of 17-0 in 3:54. Rodenburg then pinned his opponent in 1:01, and Hircock followed with a 9-5 decision. Ending the dual for the Eagles was Austin Abbey, junior of Rapid City, South Dakota, 285-pounds, with a pin in 1:50.
“We are excited how the season has went so far,” Head Coach Brett Hunter said. “We are pretty banged up right now due to injuries, so there may be some back ups that will need to step up if we want to compete with Mesa and Western. [The] goal right now is to get everyone healthy, it’s been a long season.”
The next wrestling action for the Eagles will be at 7 p.m. Friday against Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Then again at 7 p.m. Saturday against Western State Colorado University in Gunnison.