Hungry Mines Squad Starts 2015-16 At Wyoming06 Nov 2015
Mines wrestling starts the season at Saturday's University of Wyoming's Cowboy Open, with a young and hungry squad ready to make its mark in 2015-16.
Wyoming will have 28 teams at the Cowboy Open from all levels competing in the individually-bracketed event. That includes RMAC squads Adams State, Chadron, Colorado Mesa, CSU-Pueblo, New Mexico Highlands, Western State, and Mines.
Tickets for the tournament are $17 for adults and $10 for children, and are available at War Memorial Field House.
MINES QUICK LOOK
Mines returns 9 of 10 starters from a very young team a year ago, and has only one senior on the roster in Paul Wilson. With his first full recruiting class, coach Austin DeVoe added a deep and talented group that will help the program immediately. Four wrestlers return with more than 15 wins under their belt last year – 125-pounder Zachary Gracia (18-19), 141-pounder Jacob Gerkin (20-16), 165-pounder John Crowley (18-12), and Wilson at 197 (25-12). In addition, a deep 13-man recruiting class includes three state champions and standouts at virtually every weight class.
John Crowley picked up preseason all-RMAC accolades at 165 lbs. on Oct. 27. The redshirt junior went 18-12 with four falls at 157 lbs. last year and will move up a weight class in 2015-16. He led Mines with a 6-2 record as he seeks to repeat his all-America finish from 2012-13.
IN THE RANKINGS
Mines 197-pounder Paul Wilson starts the season nationally ranked eighth in his weight class according to the D2Wrestle.com Coaches' Poll. Wilson is the top-ranked wrestler at 197 in Super Region IV coming off a 25-12, 13-fall junior season. John Crowley is regionally ranked third at 165.
Mines head coach Austin DeVoe welcomes new assistant coaches Tyson Reiner and Louis Caputo to the wrestling room for 2015-16. Reiner was part of two NCAA Division III national championships at Wartburg and wrestled at Northern Iowa; Caputo was a two-time all-American at Harvard and had been coaching the University of Colorado club program.
Mines excelled in the classroom last year, earning the Brechler Award with the RMAC's top team GPA. Mines' 3.238 ranked ninth in NCAA Division II.
RMAC CHAMPIONSHIPS REBORN
One of the summer's biggest announcements in the wrestling world came from the RMAC, who will re-establish its wrestling championship this winter. The one-day tournament will be held Jan. 31, 2016 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, marking the first time since 1996 that the league has held its own championship meet.
HOME SWEET HOME
Mines will open at home with a dual against Fort Hays State Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.