Wrestling | 2/4/2017 6:54:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Whenever Western State Colorado University wrestling is on a big stage, the Mountaineers are usually near the top. Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships was no different. The Mountaineers finished third as a team and placed seven wrestlers in the top six.
Western (6-6, 2-2 RMAC) also boasted an individual RMAC Champion. The Mountaineers' 125 pounder, No. 3 Ronald Wardleigh, made his way to the finals by earning a technical fall in his first match and then a major decision in the semifinal match.
The senior then pinned San Francisco State University's Matt Gamble to become the conference champion and earn his NCAA Division II leading 12th fall of the season. Wardleigh finished runner-up at the RMAC Championship last season.
Wardleigh led all wrestlers in team points for the tournament with 19.50.
The Mountaineers had two other wrestlers make the finals. Brandon Supernaw at 174 pounds and Mick Dougharity at 197 pounds both finished runners-up.
After earning a major decision in his first bout of the tournament, No. 9 Supernaw was pushed into overtime by Adams State University's Koery Windham in the quarterfinals. Supernaw would prevail in sudden victory and earned a 14-7 decision to make the finals.
For Dougharity, the senior won by decision in his first match to make the semifinals. He then dominated SFSU's Jonathon Costa and won by disqualification. Dougharity fell to No. 1 Jacob Waste in the finals after giving the top-ranked 197 pound wrestler all he could handle.
The lone Mountaineer to finish third in the tournament was 165-pound Brendan Gonzales. The redshirt freshman tied for the most falls in the conference championships with two. Gonzales' only match lost was to the eventual RMAC Champion Jacobi Jones of CSU-Pueblo.
Western's Ian Steen finished fifth at 149 pounds, while Seth Rich at 141 pounds and Taylor Bergquist at 184 pounds finished sixth.
The Mountaineers continue the season next weekend when they host Adams State University on Friday and New Mexico Highlands on Saturday. Both duals begin at 7 p.m. in Paul Wright Gym.
1. CSU Pueblo - 116.5
2. California Baptist - 100.5
3. Western State - 90.0
4. Colorado Mesa - 88.0
5. Chadron State - 86.5
6. San Francisco State - 80.5
7. Adams State - 56.5
8. Colorado School of Mines - 55.0
9. New Mexico Highlands - 39.5