Adams State loss 2 duals in final matches01 Feb 2017
ALAMOSA, Colo. - Stafff writer , Adams State (January 27th, 2017) --- The fans in Plachy hall got quite the show tonight as they cheered on the Adams State wrestling team against Chadron. The contest was neck and neck until the final horn. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies were on the wrong side of the final, losing 21-18.
The night started with a trading of decisions in the first two weight classes. Darek Huff won 4-2 over No. 12 ranked Brandon Kile at 125 pounds. A rare loss came at 133 pounds as No. 12 Taylor Summers beat No. 7 Martin Ramirez 3-0. With the score tied 3-3, the teams again traded points, this time with back to back pinfalls. The first came in the 141 pound class from Dylan Udero over Luke Zeiger at the 6:09 mark. Udero had seemingly pinned his opponent in the first, but the referee said otherwise, leading to the second period fall. The Eagles returned the favor at the 149 pound level when Casey Glassgow pinned Devin Vasquez at the 5:00 mark. The trend continued for the next two matches with Gavin Davy dropping an 8-7 decision to Johnny Porter and Isaac Lopez winning his decision 8-3 over Reed Burgener.
Koery Windham would be pinned at 4:35 in the 174 pound class by No. 8 Chance Helmick to put Chadron up 18-12. At 184 and 197, both Grizzlies went in as underdogs trying to keep the duel alive. Nevada Bencomo pulled out a 4-2 decision over Willy Cogdill and Khalil Gipson did the same with a 10-7 decision over Matthew Kindler. Tied at 18, the whole night came down to the heavyweight bout. Down 4-2 with time running out in the third, Tuli Laulu mustered all of his strength to attempt some offense and nearly got to his feet but the clock would hit zero just as he got up. Cooper Cogdill won a 4- 2 decision giving Chadron State the 21-18 victory.
Much like Friday night, the Adams State wrestling team's fate came down to the final match on Saturday night. Once again, the Grizzlies could not pull off the clinching match and were defeated 20-15 by Colorado Mines.
The night opened up the 184 pound match between Nevada Bencomo and Benjamin Krantz. Bencomo was able to secure a 3-1 decision for an early Adams lead. At 197, Khalil Gipson took out Brandon Saunders with a 7-3 decision. Darek Huff won an 8-2 decision at 125 pounds over Matthew Lavengood to keep up the momentum. Martin Ramirez got back on track after dropping a close one on Friday, easily defeating Noah Au-Yeung in a 10-3 decision at the 133 pound level. Later on, Isaac Lopez would win a 6-5 decision in the 165 pound weight class to put Adams State up 15-14 heading into the final match. The final would come quickly when Robert Gambrell pinned Koery Windham at the 3:44 mark to give the Orediggers a 5 point win.
The team will head to Colorado Springs for the RMAC Championships next Saturday, February 4th.