2 wrestlers win amateur division at Cowboy Open
The CSC wrestling team traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, last weekend to compete in the Cowboy Open at the University of Wyoming, with two CSC wrestlers placing in their respective weight classes.
Joe Ritzen, freshman of Chadron, wrestled unattached during the tournament and won the amateur title for the 133-pound weight class. His points did not contribute to the overall team standings.
Chance Karst, sophomore of Powell, Wyoming, competed in the 141-pound amateur division. In the quarter final round, Karst took down unattached wrestler Andrew Gomez, winning by fall during the second period. In the semifinal round Karst fell to Colorado School of Mines’ Taylor Gambill, redshirt freshman of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, in 42 seconds in the first period. Gambill moved on to the final round, but fell to Northeastern Junior College’s Sam Eckhart, freshman of Parma, Idaho.
Karst faced Gomez for a second time in the consolation finals, beating him 6-5, securing third place in the bracket.
“Joe Ritzen and Chance Karst showed a ton of heart and grit and had great days for us. I am extremely excited to build our program around these guys,” Head Wrestling Coach Brett Hunter said. “We just need to keep approaching every day with the right attitude and I think we can find some success this year.”
Also in the amateur division, Matthew Kindler, sophomore of David City, went 3-2 in the 197-pound weight class. Both of Kindler’s losses were to Montana State Northern’s Isaac Bartel, freshman of Mason City, Iowa.
“A few of our older guys wrestled well, but we need to be better if we want to compete in the RMAC,” Hunter said.
Evan Smith, junior of Gillette, Wyoming, at 125-pounds and Andrew Wilson at 285, sophomore of Albuquerque, New Mexico, both went 2-2 in their respective weight classes in the amateur division.
In the Elite division, Joshua Miller, redshirt junior of Bennett, Colorado, also went 2-2 in the 141-pound weight class.
“We are very young and it showed this weekend, but we really like this group of guys,” Hunter said.
CSC finished 11 in team standing in both Amateur division with 12.5 points and the Elite division with 5 points.
The team’s Black and Cardinal Classic is at 6 p.m. tonight in the Chicoine Center.