The Colorado School of Mines mens wrestling team squared off against CSU-Pueblo in Lockridge Arena Friday night, for what proved to be a thrilling dual meet.
The dual started at the 174 pound weight class with Mines’ Chance Davis narrowly losing to Ray Hall of CSUP by a 3-2 decision. Ryan Swanson then tied the dual up at 3 points apiece with his 8-3 defeat of Joseph Giron in the 184 pound division. Mines lost the next three bouts of the night at 194, Heavyweight, and 125 pounds by scores of 8-3, 2-1, and 6-2, as CSU Pueblo took the 12-3 advantage halfway through the match.
Looking to tighten the score, Robby Schultheis pinned his opponent in the first period in 2:47 to give Mines a chance at 9-12. The next two bouts at 141 and 149 pounds ended with a 5-4 and a 6-1 defeat for the Orediggers who were now facing an 18-9 hole. There was still hope though as John Crowley upped his team high in wins to 22 by defeating Nick Stahler 5-1 at 157 pounds. Needing a pin in the last bout to force a tie, Justin Frazer was deadlocked with his 165 pound opponent at 4-4 after the first two periods. The third period would prove to be pivotal as just 36 seconds into the final period, Frazer pinned His CSUP counterpart to knot the dual score up at 18.
Narrow defeats proved to be the theme of the night however, as three of the six losses Mines suffered were by just one point, and with the dual tied at 18-18, the Orediggers hoped to avoid their second dual loss this season on a tiebreaker. The first tiebreak, according to NCAA criteria, gives the win to the team with more bout victories and on this night that meant CSU-Pueblo came out victorious with a 6-4 advantage in victories.
This 19-18 loss brings Mines overall record in duals to 3-7, 0-3 in the RMAC. The Orediggers continue their season February 2 in Las Vegas, New Mexico with a dual against New Mexico Highlands.