Weekly sports recap: 1-23-12

Oredigger athletics results as of 12:00 AM Sunday:

January 18
Wrestling – #20 CSU-Pueblo 20, Mines 15 – Mines was able to earn just as many victories as the T-Wolves, but two major decisions allowed CSU-Pueblo to sneak past Mines for the win in the dual meet. Chad Lousberg, Steven Kelly, Jordan Larsen, Alec Bird, and Robert Tucker each earned decisions for Mines in the loss.

January 19-21
Womens T&F – Potts Invitational – In CSM’s first meet of the indoor season, senior Kristen Rhinedollar finished first in the 400m (59.42), while teammates Brianna Suppes and Hilary Hurst cruised to first and second place finishes in the 800m (2:23.96, 2:26.90). And a freshman in her first ever collegiate meet, Michelle Rigsby placed second overall in the long jump (5.09m) and fifth in the 60m (8.32). Also in the 60m, Oredigger alum Kiera Benson continued her track career, placing second overall (7.88).

Men’s T&F – Potts Invitational – In field events, senior Chris McFee earned a fifth place finish in the weight throw (14.77m) while Cody Walega placed second in the pole vault (14-01.25). Seun Ogunmodede finished third overall in the high jump (6-05.00) and fourth in the long jump (20-03.00). In running events, senior Peter Jenkins led the way, coasting to a first place finish in the 800m (1:56.99).

January 20
Men’s Basketball – #12 Mines 66, CO Mesa 48 – Leading 21-16, Mines exploded on a 30-12 run that began with five minutes remaining in the first half and continued well into the second half as the Orediggers cruised past the Mavericks for their fourteenth win of the year. Redshirt freshman Trevor Ritchie poured in a career high 20 points and Brett Green added 14 on just seven attempts in the victory.

Women’s Basketball – Mines 58, CO Mesa 54 – After trailing by five at halftime, Mines took the lead for the first time in the second half with five minutes remaining, then kept just out of arm’s reach of the Mavericks to pull out the thrilling victory. Angie Charchalis scored 15 of her season-high 24 points in the second half and finished the game with six three pointers. Stephanie Fogle added ten points as the Orediggers snapped a two game losing streak.

January 21
Men’s Basketball – #12 Mines 69, Western St. 63 – Mines cruised to a comfortable halftime lead but had to stave off a second half comeback by the Mountaineers as the Orediggers won their third game in a row and improved their record to 15-2 overall.
Senior Dale Minschwaner led all scorers with 20 points while Brett Green had 17 and Trevor Wages added 10. Minschwaner and Wages each had a double double for the Orediggers who scored an incredible 31 of their 69 points from the free throw line.

Women’s Basketball – Western St 83, Mines 78 – Mines kept up with the Mountaineers in a wild, fast paced shootout, but couldn’t repeat their late game magic from the previous night as they fell by five in the loss. True freshman Taylor Helbig scored a career high 22 points in a game that saw four different players score at least 20 points.

Wrestling – Mines 37, NKTC 9 / CCC 23, Mines 16 – Mines split their double dual in Kansas over the weekend, beating Northwest Kansas Technical College before falling to Colby Community College. Cory Carter and Tanner Taylor each recorded pinfalls while Travis Wokasch earned a major decision during the duals.

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