CSM Wrestlers Dominates At Hastings09 Jan 2018
HASTINGS, Neb. - Colorado School of Mines dominated the 2018 Hastings Cusatis Open, winning three classes with 13 placewinners overall to open up the second half of the season.
Taylor Gambill, Keenan Willits, and TJ Shelton won their weight classes to lead the field. As a team Mines had the most team points (627) and pins (20) in the field.
Gambill won at 141 in a 4-0 day, going decision-pin-major-major, including a 13-3 victory over Hastings' Albert Landeros in the final. At 165, Willits was absolutely outstanding with three straight falls before winning the final by a medical forfeit; two of his three pins came in the first period. At 174, Shelton went 3-0 with a major decision and two first-period falls before meeting teammate Robert Gambrell, wrestling unattached, in the final; the two did not contest the first-place match to split the bracket win.
Two other Orediggers made their finals and dropped close decisions. Noah Au-Yeung made the 133 final going 3-0 before falling 4-2 to Air Force Prep's Sid Flores in the first-place match; freshman heavyweight Weston Hunt made his final after going 4-0, including a first-round pin, before falling to Air Force Prep's Kayne Hutchison 7-5.
Noah Ottum and Ryan Carpenter tied for third at 149 as they met in the third-place match and did not contest it; both wrestled back from championship quarterfinal losses to go 4-1. Ethan Ruby won third at 157, with his only loss of a 5-1 day coming to Nebraska's Zemua Baptista in the semis. Drew Hinkle also won his consolation bracket as he went 3-1 for the day including a 6-3 win over Dickinson State's Devan Williams in the third-place match.
Jake Wood was fourth at 133, making the semis on a major decision and a 24-second pin before falling to Flores; he wrestled back to the third-place match to go 3-2 for the day. Lukas Erickson was also fourth at 141, wrestling all the way back from a quarterfinal loss to go 4-2 including a pair of falls. Anthony Spallino was fourth at 197 after going 4-2 to get to the third-place bout.
Mines gets back to dual action on Jan. 11, heading to Chadron State to open their RMAC schedule with a 6 p.m. meet.