Wrestlers defeat Western State for the 1st time since 2007
The Eagles wrestling team narrowly defeated Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, 18-17, Friday. This was the first time CSC defeated Western since 2007.
After Brandon Kile, sophomore of Hastings the nationally ranked No. 3 Ronnie Wardleigh, senior of Plain City, Utah, by major decision at the 125-pound weight, CSC took the next three matches to go up 12-4.
Nationally ranked No. 9 Taylor Summers, senior of Plymouth, 133-pounds, won 11-5 to put the first points on the board. Followed by Luke Zeigler, redshirt sophomore of Glasgow, Montana, 141-pounds, winning 16-9. Sean Glasgow, redshirt freshman of Newark, New Jersey, 149-pounds, completed the 12 points with a pin against Western’s Ian Steen, redshirt junior of Graham, Washington, who was a 2016 NCAA championships qualifier.
Johnny Porter, redshirt sophomore of Bellevue, 157-pounds, and Reed Burgener, senior of Douglas, Wyoming, 165-pounds, lost their matches with scores of 5-2 and 15-6, respectively, bringing the Mountaineers within one.
But nationally ranked No. 8 Chance Helmick, junior of Beatrice, 174-pounds, returned the momentum to CSC when he earned a decision 7-3.
Willy Cogdill, redshirt freshman of Chadron, 184-pounds, and Matthew Kindler, freshman of David City, 197-pounds, lost their respective matches by decisions, allowing the Mountaineers to regain the lead 17-15.
But, Cooper Cogdill, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, heavyweight, earned the last three points for the Eagles when he won 3-0.
The Eagles are now 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the RMAC and are ranked No. 6 in the Super Region IV.
The team travels to Las Vegas, New Mexico, for a dual against New Mexico Highlands University today and to Alamosa, Colorado, for a dual against Adams State University Friday.
“Travel has its pros and cons for sure,” Head Coach Brett Hunter said. “We like that we know exactly what the guys are eating and how much sleep they are getting when we travel, but also understand sitting on a bus for 10 plus hours one way takes a toll on our bodies.”
NMHU is ranked No. 15 in the region and ASU is No. 12, while CSC sits at the No. 6 position.
“We have to be careful about falling into a trap with these next two duals,” Hunter said. “On paper we should win both, but we cannot overlook either team.”