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.

JUST THE FACTS (MAD) JACK

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

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

Location: Paul Wright Gym, Gunnison, Colorado.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • 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.

NEXT UP

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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