(Neb)-CSC Wrestlers Top #21 Colorado Mesa On Tiebreaker
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - For the second straight season, Colorado Mesa and Chadron State tied 20-20 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual and, just as last year, the Eagles won on criteria.
Tiebreaker criteria calls for the match to be decided first by individual wins, then by most wins by fall, but each squad had 5 victories and 1 pin. That brought the tiebreaker to total points in the matches not decided by a fall or a forfeit and CSC had the edge 47-37 over the 21st-ranked Mavericks.
The 3 of the first 4 matches of the night were key for the Eagles. 125-pound Evan Smith got their only pin in the opening round of the opening match, and Chance Karst followed with a 16-2 major decision at 133. Brock Thumm lost a tight 4-3 decision at 141, but Jacob DeSersa delivered another major decision 15-2 to make the score 14-3.
The Mavericks made it 14-6 with a decision at 157, but Johnny Porter's 5-2 decision at 165 gave CSC a 17-6 lead. Mesa then won 3 straight matches with a 5-0 decision, 15-0 technical fall, and forfeit to make it 20-17 Mavericks and leaving the Eagles needing at least a decision from heavyweight Rulon Taylor for a tie.
Taylor came through with a 5-0 decision of his own to get the tie and, with criteria, their first win of the season after losing Friday night at Western State.
Head coach Brett Hunter called the victory "definitely a total team effort" that began with Smith's pin starting the dual off the right way...adding that "we had some guys step up that we didn't expect, and then we had some guys that need to work on finishing matches."
Hunter singled out 3 other wrestlers for praise. "Johnny Porter wrestled well. He's starting to get some confidence, which is important. Chance Karst is 'Mr. Consistent'. He's the same wrestler every time he goes out. He and Rulon, both went 2-0, so it's good to get that from those guys."
Four Eagles - Adrian Cisneros, Josh Miller, Chase Clasen, and Caleb Haskell - along with several redshirts who will compete unattached will be in action Sunday at the Colorado Mesa Open.
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