Wrestlers wrangle Gators, get axed by Orediggers

Chadron States’ wrestlers won their first dual of the season in Golden, Friday, edging San Francisco State University 23-20. The Eagles momentum, however, couldn’t carry them through the day as they later fell 24-11 to Colorado Mines.

Trailing 20-18 headed into the final match of the dual with San Francisco State, a 285-pound bout between the Eagles’ Rulon Taylor, senior of Curtis, and Antonio Gomez, freshman of Gilroy, California. Chadron’s hopes lay solely with Taylor.

A win by decision would have been sufficient for Taylor to put the Eagles over the Gators, but the Chadron wrestler jumped out 6-0 after the first period and dominated his opponent on his way to a win by technical fall. 

Taylor’s dual-winning performance wouldn’t have been possible if not for a pin by Wade French, junior of Heriman, Utah, of the Gator’s Andrew Herrera, sophomore of  South Lake Tahoe, California, to pull the Eagles, who were trailing 20-12, within three points of the win heading into the final match. 

Earlier in the dual, down after two matches, Chance Karst, sophomore of Powell, pinned his opponent in the 141-pound bout to get the Eagles on the board. Decisions in favor of Chase Clasen and Jake Otuafi gave Chadron a 12-9 lead. 

Against Colorado Mines later in the day, only three Eagle wrestlers defeated their Oredigger opponent. French had another impressive win, defeating his opponent by technical fall at 197-pounds. Brandon Kile’s 4-3 decision over seventh-ranked Noah Au-Yeung and Chase Clasen’s 7-2 decision over Noah Ottum were the Eagles only other wins.  

Saturday the Eagles host Northeastern Junior College at the Chicoine Center. Matches begin at 3:00 p.m.

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