(Neb.)- Six Wrestlers Sign To Be Eagles
CHADRON, Neb. -- Chadron State College Head Wrestling Coach Brett Hunter on Monday announced additions of six wrestling student-athletes to the upcoming class of 2019-20, after the signing period opened in November. Three of the high schoolers who signed National Letters of Intent are from Nebraska, and the remaining three attend high school in Colorado, Wyoming, and Indiana.
First, a projected heavyweight, Lane Eubank, III, attended CSC Wrestling Camp last summer and committed to the Eagles program in September. He is a three-time all-conference wrestler at Western High in Kokomo, Indiana, and has qualified for semi-state the past two seasons. Eubank won the 2017 ISWA Cadet state title at 285 pounds and has competed in youth wrestling for more than 10 years. He has 94 wins and 31 losses in high school.
Ryder Fuchs, another former CSC camper, is the first-ever state champ for Pierce High in Nebraska, winning the Class C 195-pound bracket in February. He projects to wrestle at 197 for the Eagles. He was selected to the Nebraska Lightning for the 2018 AAU Scholastic Nationals, where he helped the team to finish fifth in the All-Star Division with an 8-4 record, earning Disney Dual All-American. Fuchs' high school record is 89-14. Fuchs was listed as the No. 22 Elite Senior in Nebraska this year, regardless of class or weight, by Huskermat.
Another 197-pounder from Nebraska, Gavin Peitzmeier is a state runner-up at 220 pounds for Class A Millard South High in Omaha. As a junior, three of his five losses on the year were to other state finalists, as he cruised to district and conference titles. Headed into his senior season, Peitzmeier is the preseason No. 23 Elite Senior in the state, according to Huskermat, and he is 61-15 for his career.
A projected 125-pounder from Colorado, A.J. Serna, has placed in the top three each season from his freshman through junior campaigns, bringing a 120-pound state title home to Grand Valley High in Parachute, Colorado, in 2018. He has also won three consecutive regional championships. Serna, who went 41-5 as a junior in 2017-18, has a career mark of 133-12 and finished 2018 on a win streak of 26 consecutive matches.
The Wyoming native is Tate Stoddard, a former teammate of CSC's Joe Taylor at Class 2A Glenrock High, where he has racked up some impressive honors. In 2018-19, his senior season, Stoddard will be out in search of his fourth consecutive state championship win in 2019, after winning three at 113 pounds with a career 152-14 record. He won the last two Ron Thon Memorial tournaments with six pins and a tech fall. After only winning his first career wrestling matches as a seventh-grader in 2014, he was awarded the Governor's Award for excellence in 2015, as the state's outstanding wrestler in his age division to place at a national tournament.
Finally, Wood River High's Evan Waddington completes the initial round of signees as a projected 149-pounder. The three-time Nebraska Class C state finalist is the reigning title-winner after avenging his only loss of 2018 by denying his opponent a fourth consecutive championship in the state final match. Waddington has 22 career tournament championships, including the state title as well as two district titles. Huskermat ranks him the No. 10 Elite Senior in Nebraska headed into the season, having lost only four matches to his 144 career wins. Waddington needs 36 wins this year for the Class C record.
Coach Hunter and staff remain on the lookout for top talent as the NCAA signing period now remains open through the year.
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