The Colorado School of Mines wrestling team took on the Western State Mountaineers in Gunnison, Colorado, Friday night for a conference dual meet. Coming into the match, freshman Paul Wilson was riding an 11 match win streak in the 197 pound division and looked to continue his streak while bringing home a victory for the Orediggers.
The night started off great for the Orediggers, with Luis Gurule beating his opponent by a score of 4-3 in the 125 pound weight class to give the first points of the night to Mines, 3-0. The lead was short lived though, as the Orediggers lost their next three matches to fall behind 3-13.
In the 157 pound bout, Freshman John Crowley won by a score of 9-6 and Sophomore Justin Frazer scored a 7-6 victory at 165 pounds to give Mines six more points bringing them to a score of 9-13. Needing just a pin to tie the dual at thirteen each, the Orediggers lost the next three bouts by pin, decision, and decision, respectively, to put the Mountaineers ahead for good going into the final bout of the night, 25-9. With one match remaining, the heavyweight division, Alec Bird ended the night the way it started for the Orediggers by scoring a 13-4 major decision over his opponent to bring the final tally to 25-13.
Also in the loss, Wilson’s win streak was snapped at 11 in a hard fought 5-2 decision. Crowley’s victory earned him his team leading, twenty-first victory of the season. The Orediggers continue action Friday at 7 pm at home against CSU-Pueblo.