Wrestling team beats Mavericks on criteria
The CSC wrestling team participated in two duals this weekend at Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, and Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, coming out on top against Colorado Mesa.
The Eagles lost to the Western State Mountaineers 30-11, Friday night. Three members of the team won matches in the dual. Chance Karst, 133-pound freshman of Powell, Wyoming, won by major decision, 13-3, over Jody Sandoval, freshman of Fort Lupton, Colorado. The second win was by Rulon Taylor, 285-pound redshirt junior of Curtis who beat Samuel DeSeriere, freshman of Westminster, Colorado, by major decision, 12-2. Karst and Taylor were the two members Head Coach Brett Hunter said stood out during the weekend’s duals.
“Chance Karst continues to be consistent every time he steps out there,” Hunter said. “We had Rulon Taylor who won both of his matches as well. Those two stood out for us.”
Coach Hunter thought the team lacked effort in their first dual of the weekend.
“The Western State dual is a tough place to wrestle at,” Hunter said. “I just don’t think we wrestled with much effort.”
The team stepped up their effort in the next dual at Colorado Mesa University.
“The entire Mesa dual we had guys step up,” Hunter said. “The Mesa dual came down to the wire and it was a great team effort, the team responded well.”
After the final match it was tied at 20, so the decision went to criteria, where individual points decided the winner.
The Eagles beat Mesa 47-37 in individual points. The dual was close competition, with Karst, Jacob DeSersa, 149-pound sophomore of Hot Spring, South Dakota, and Evan Smith, 125-pound junior of Gillette, Wyoming, all scoring extra points to break the 20-20 tie. Smith was the only CSC wrestler to record a win by fall, pinning Tim Romero, sophomore of Thorton, Colorado, in the first period.
CSC won five out of 10 matches, winning the dual by points. Together, Karst and DeSersa scored 31 individual points for the Eagles.
Karst won by major decision, 16-2, against Dylan Keeney, freshman of Payson, Arizona. Karst went undefeated in the weekend’s duals, along with teammate Rulon Taylor.
Taylor won over Brandon Closson, freshman of Pleasant Grove, Utah, by decision, 5-0.
DeSersa defeated Luke Au-Yeung, freshman of Windsor, California, by major decision, 15-2.
Johnny Porter, 165-pound redshirt junior of Bellevue, beat Trent Armintrout, freshman of Norwood, Colorado, by decision, 5-2.
Four Eagles also competed in the Colorado Mesa University Open, Sunday. Adrian Cisneros, 133-pound redshirt junior of Fontana, California, and 149-pound redshirt junior Chase Clasen, of Moses Lake, Washington, finished third in their respective weight classes.
The Eagles will travel to Crete, Friday for the open at Doane University. Hunter has plans to prepare the team for the open.
“We have a lot of stuff we need to work on, our effort and taking better care of our weight,” Hunter said. “Our focus this week is taking care of our weight and getting better in all aspects of wrestling.”