The Colorado School of Mines wrestling team squared off against New Mexico Highlands on Friday in their home opener and lost 34-12. Mines gained three victories in the contest from Jacob Gerken (forfeit), Paul Wilson and Luis Gurule (decision). It was Gurule’s tenth victory of the season giving him a record of 10-2 on the season and Wilson’s ninth victory (9-3).
The first match of the night, 149 pound weight class, started out with a Cowboy forfeit, giving Jacob Gerken and Mines the first win of the duel and a quick six points. The next match at 157 pounds saw Juan Alvarado of NMHU beat Ashton Krajnovich 5-1 giving the Cowboys three points. The next three matches were all won by New Mexico Highlands who won by major decision (four points), pin and forfeit (both six points). After the forfeit at 184 pounds, the Cowboys led the Orediggers 19-6 halfway through the duel.
Next up for Mines at 197 pounds was Paul Wilson, beating Justin Rockhill of NMHU 9-5 to give Mines three points and bring the match to 19-9. New Mexico Highlands took a quick six points with a pin at heavyweight (285 pounds), but in the 125-pound match, Luis Gurule captured the 6-5 hard-fought victory over Erick Rangel giving Mines their final points of the Match, 25-12. The final two bouts at 133 and 141 pounds were won by NMHU by result of pin and major decision respectively to give the Cowboys a 34-12 victory spoiling the injury-ridden Orediggers’ home-opener.
Next up for the Orediggers (0-1) are the CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves, this Wednesday in Pueblo.