February 6, 2023

GUNNISON, Col. Pack up the house night! brought a full house to the Paul Wright Gym on Thursday, and the raucous home crowd was treated to a 27-9 non-conference wrestling victory in western Colorado via visit to No. 10 Colorado Mesa University.

The No. 18 Mountaineers built a 15-0 lead in the early games and never looked back.


end result: Western def. Colorado Mesa, 27-9

Records: Westerns 1-1, Colorado Mesa 1-2

Location: Paul Wright Gym, Gunnison, Colorado.


  • Patrick Allis, No. 9 in the NWCA preseason rankings, got the crowd going with the opening bout at 125 pounds to take an 8-2 lead after just one period. Allis would go for a 15-6 major decision that gave Western a 4-0 lead.
  • Alex Alvarez at 133 and Dean Noble at 141 contributed to the team’s standings with 4-2 and 9-3 decisions, respectively.
  • The crowd was whipped into a frenzy with Jason Hanenberg’s fight at 149. Hanenberg, also ranked ninth on the NWCA list, recorded two near falls during an opening two-period span that ended with a 13-2 lead. Wanting more than just a major, Hanenberg registered an early takedown, allowed an escape, repeated what ended the technical fall at 19-4 with a match-end takedown.
  • Mesa trailed 15-0 in the match, finally came on the board with a narrow 3-2 decision at 157, then added three more points in a bone-rattling 15-13 decision from Augustus Dalton over Westerns Hunter Mullin.
  • However, those six points were immediately nullified in the next bout when Cole Hernandez scored a pin at the 5:18 mark to put Western to a 21-6 lead, an advantage that came with Cole Gray’s last-second reversal for a 6- was expanded. 4 win at 184.
  • Mesa was able to scrape three more points with 197, only to give them right back with Zachary Schraeder’s literal last-second win with 285. He and CMU’s Ruben Samuelson were 2-2 just before the third-half horn when Samuelson was flagged at half-time with his second stall warning to lead Schraeder to a 3-2 win.


Westerns Redshirts and Reserves will compete in Saturday’s Doug Moses Open at New Mexico Highlands University while the rest of the Mountaineers travel to Chadron, Nebraska for the Chadron Tri-Duals where Westerns face off against the host No. 2 Eagles becomes St. Cloud State (Minn.) and No. 5 Augustana (SD).

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