Mountaineers dominate NMHU on Senior Night13 Feb 2017
Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director Western States
GUNNISON, Colo. – Only two matches went the way of New Mexico Highlands University on Saturday night. The Western State Colorado University wrestlers won 8-of-10 matches to defeat the Cowboys 38-6 on Senior Night. Two Mountaineer seniors earned six points. However, they were expecting to earn those points in a different manner. Western seniors, Ronald Wardleigh at 125 pounds and Mick Dougharity at 197 pounds each won by forfeit. Zane Rich, Western's other senior was unable to wrestle due to an injury earlier in the season.
Fueled by the 12 points, Western (8-6, 4-2 RMAC) recorded bonus points in four other matches against NMHU (3-8, 3-3 RMAC). After the forfeit at 125 pounds, Western's Trenton Piatt truly got things started on Saturday with a 10-2 major decision over Jack Gaylor. Not to be outdone, teammate Seth Rich at 141 pounds earned a second round fall, pinning NMHU's Patrick Vega at the 4:00 mark. The Cowboys would earn two decisions at 149 pounds and 157 pounds, but it would be the only points the Mountaineers would concede.
The Mountaineers' Brendan Gonzales picked up Western's second pin of the night. Gonzales needed only one minute to pin NMHU's Kellen Pelzel at 165 pounds. Brandon Supernaw came away with an 11-6 decision at 174 pounds for Western, before Konnor Schmidt blanked Luis Terrazas for a 9-0 major decision at 184 pounds. After Dougharity earned a forfeit at 197 pounds, Ben Price won his second match in-a-row, defeating NMHU's Gabriel Escobedo 7-3. A few Mountaineer wrestlers will travel to Golden, Colorado for tomorrow's Rocky Mountain Collegiate Open. Results will be posted on GoMountaineers.com following the conclusion of the tournament.