Cogdill seals 2 more conference victories for wrestlers

The Eagle wrestlers won two more duals this week to finish at the top spot in the conference with a 6-0 RMAC-dual record. CSC defeated New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, 19-17, and Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado, 21-18. Both duals came down to the final match as the decision maker, again.

Cooper Cogdill, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, heavyweight, earned the final win in the last four non-tournament duals for CSC to seal the wins.

Cogdill came in clutch again twice this week. CSC was down 17-16 against New Mexico Highlands University, but Cogdill’s decision ended the dual 19-17. Against Adams State, CSC was tied at 18 and Codgill earned the final three points to go up 21-18.

“Whether I’m ahead or just have to win the match to seal the dual, I wrestle very conservative and try not to do anything that could put the match and dual in jeopardy,” Cogdill said. “There is a lot of pressure having to win my match to win the dual, but at the same time it puts me in the place every athlete dreams of, being in front of a roaring home crowd with so many people cheering for you.”

The Eagles have defeated all RMAC opponents and only have one RMAC dual left against Colorado State University-Pueblo, Pueblo, in Chadron on Saturday, Feb. 11.

CSC won five of the 10 matches against both NMHU and Adams State.

In New Mexico, Taylor Summers, senior of Plymouth, 133-pounds, and Luke Zeiger, redshirt sophomore of Glasgow, Montana, 141-pounds, both earned a major decision at 12-3 and 10-2, respectively. Chance Helmick, junior of Beatrice, 174-pounds, marked the only tech fall for CSC in the match, 16-1. Matthew Kindler, freshman of David City, 197-pounds, earned a decision of 12-6 to update the score to 19-17 before Cooper won the final match 5-1, and earned the 19-17 win.

Against Adams State, the Eagles and the Grizzles went back and forth in the score through the 165-pound match. At 125, Brandon Kile, sophomore of Hastings, lost by decision, but No. 9 in the nation, Summers tied the score at three when he defeated No. 7 in the nation Martin Ramirez, redshirt senior of Elk Grove, California. Summers is now No. 6 in national rankings.

“Ramirez is a quality opponent,” Summers said. “So the win feels good in that aspect, but the rankings don’t really mean anything to me. In my opinion I’m the No. 1 ranked guy and the rest are just guys trying to take that from me, so the rankings are irrelevant.”

Ramirez and Summers met twice last season and Ramirez won both matchups. First by pin in the dual, and second by decision in the RMAC tournament finals.

“Ramirez has been one of those guys that has given me a little trouble in the past because our styles clash a little,” Summers said. “The more times we wrestle the better I feel, and now he’s just another guy standing in the way, simple as that.”

Zeiger was pinned at the 141 match, but again the score was tied when Sean Glasgow, redshirt freshman of Newark, New Jersey, 149-pounds, won by pin. Johnny Porter, redshirt sophomore of Bellevue, 157-pounds, updated the score to 12-9 when he won by a decision, but the Grizzles then tied the score at 12 when Reed Burgener, senior of Douglas, Wyoming, 165-pounds, lost 8-3.

Helmick broke the streak with a pin at 174-pounds. The Eagles lost the next two matches and were tied 18-18 going into the heavyweight match, where Cogdill won 4-2.

The Eagles will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to compete in the RMAC tournament Saturday.

“This tournament is very important to our team,” Cogdill said. “I feel that everyone would rather get an RMAC team title than just a few individual titles. Winning an RMAC title would bring a lot more respect and recognition for our program and that’s what is also very important to us.”

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