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Wrestling | 11/8/2017 7:38:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | Mountaineers maul Mavericks 30-13

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – What was supposed to be the Dual on the Diamond turned into a battle in Brownson Arena between Western State Colorado University wrestling and Colorado Mesa University. Back-to-back pins, a technical fall, a major decision and three decisions gave the Mountaineers a decisive 30-13 win over the Mavericks.
Trenton Piatt opened the night for the Mountaineers at 125 pounds. Piatt took a 2-0 lead into the third period before earning another takedown against CMU's Tim Romero. Piatt would end the match early with a pin over Romero, giving Western a 6-0 lead.
In his first career collegiate match, Western's 133-pounder, Jody Sandoval quieted the Maverick crowd. Sandoval wasted little time, pinning CMU's Dylan Keeney in 1:56 seconds. The back-to-back pins gave the Mountaineers a 12-0 lead over their Western Slope foes.
CMU would get six points back at 141 pounds with a fall by Jared Johnshoy.
The Mountaineers would respond with a 15-5 major decision at 149 pounds by Justin Chenoweth. Senior Shawn Beiriger added another three for Western at 157 pounds with a 9-6 decision to make the score 19-6 in favor of the Mountaineers.
After CMU's Jason Buhr, ranked sixth at 165 pounds, won by major decision, Western's Brandon Supernaw, ranked seventh at 174 pounds, earned a 21-4 technical fall in the third period, giving Western a 24-10 lead with three matches remaining.
Brendan Gonzales sealed the dual win for Western with a 9-2 decision, nearly pinning CMU's Bruno Nicoletti multiple times.
Western 197-pounder, Ben Price equaled Gonzales with a 9-2 decision of his own.
The Mavericks would get three points back with a 4-3 decision at heavyweight, but the Mountaineers would prevail 30-13.
The Mountaineers will continue the season at the University of Nebraska Kearney Holiday Inn Open on Nov. 18.

Dual on the Diamond will be moved to Brownson Arena due to COLD weather! Dual starts at 6:00p.m.

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The polls are out! Mountaineers will face 7 top ranked opponents this year. First up Colorado Mesa University (CMU) Mavericks. Tomorrow night, Nov 8, at 6:00 p.m. Your Western State Colorado University Mountaineers take on #21 CMU in Bronson Arena.

Wrestling | 10/31/2017 4:19:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | Crimson & Slate Dual Thursday

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GUNNISON, Colo. - Western State Colorado University wrestling returns to the mat this Thursday for the annual Crimson & Slate Dual. The intrasquad dual meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Paul Wright Gym. Admission is free as fans will get their first look at the 2017-18 Mountaineer wrestling team.
Coming off a third-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships and a fifth place finish at the Region IV Championships last season, Western begins the 2017-18 season receiving votes in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll.
Individually, Western's Brandon Supernaw at 174 pounds and Konnor Schmidt at 184 pounds are the lone Mountaineers ranked nationally in their weight classes. Supernaw is ranked seventh, while Schmidt is eighth. Both qualified for the Division II National Championships last season.
Ian Steen at 149 pounds, also returns for the Mountaineers after joining Supernaw and Schmidt at the National Championships last season.
Western was picked to finish fourth in the RMAC Preseason Coaches' Poll. California Baptist University was picked first with seven first-place votes and 63 total votes.
Fans unable to attend the dual will still have the opportunity to follow all of the action live. Watch a free live stream of the dual at, and watch live results from Thursday night's dual on
Fans can also receive live updates by following the Twitter accounts of Mountaineer Athletics (@WSCUMountaineers) and Mountaineer Wrestling (@wscuwrestling).

Western wrestling will host a post-dual social following the conclusion of the Crimson & Slate Dual Thursday night at Palisades Restaurant in Gunnison.

Probable Lineup for the Crimson & Slate Dual
Crimson Team Weight Slate Team
Trenton Piatt (RJr., Olathe, Colorado) 125 Cody Fatzinger (Fr., Arvada, Colorado)
Jacob Baird (Fr., Mesquite, Nevada) 133 Jody Sandoval (Fr., Fort Lupton, Colorado)
Tim Edmonson (RFr., San Antonio, Texas) 141 Michael Seijo (RFr., Round Rock, Texas)
Diego Calderon (RFr., Wellington, Colorado) 149 Justin Chenoweth (RSo., Walsh, Colorado)
Shawn Beiriger (Sr., Del Norte, Colorado) 157 Jason Slaughter (RSo., Hastings, Michigan)
Ryan Pellow (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colorado) 165 Tyler Self (RFr., North Plains, Oregon)
Brandon Supernaw (RJr., Colorado Springs, Colorado) 174 Travis Bradford (Sr., Houston, Texas)
Ladd Bunker (Jr., Erie, Colorado) 184 Brendan Gonzales (RSo., Platteville, Colorado)
Konnor Schmidt (RSo., Fort Collins, Colorado) 197 Ben Price (RSo., Boise, Idaho)
Michael Henry (So., Graham, Washington) 285 Sammy deSeriere (Fr., Westminster, Colorado)

149 lb Preview

149lbs will be a very deep and exciting weight for the Mountaineers.  For the first semester the battle will be between JD Chenoweth and Diego Calderon.  JD gained invaluable experience last year as he wrestled most of the year in the varsity spot when two-time national qualifier Ian Steen was injured at the Cowboy Open.  Diego Calderon redshirted last season and was 3rd in state his senior year for Poudre HS.  At the end of the fall semester Ian Steen will be eligible and enroll in master’s classes at Western in the spring. Ian is a two-time NCAA Division II national tournament qualifier and will be looking to earn his 3rd trip to the NCAA tournament.   Expect the Mountaineers to put out a very exciting wrestler at 149's with whoever wins the spot.  


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Dear Mountaineer Wrestling Nation,

We are ahead of schedule this year and booked our hotels for the regional tournament hosted by New Mexico Highlands in Las Vegas, NM on February 23rd and 24th.  We blocked 10 rooms for fans at the Comfort Inn.  The reservation is under Western Wrestling Fans.  They gave us a deadline to book the rooms for Feb. 1st. 


Don’t forget the annual Crimson and Slate Dual is tonight at 7:00 pm.  If you can’t make it to Paul Wright Gym we are live streaming the action at 


Go Mountaineers,


Charlie Pipher

Western State Colorado University

Head Wrestling Coach

Gunnison, CO 81231

Mountaineer Wrestling ~ Elevation of Excellence

970.943.2981 (office)  -  1.800.876.5309 ext. 4



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Wrestling | 4/28/2017 4:04:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | Pipher named head coach

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GUNNISON, Colo. – Wrestling has a storied tradition at Western State Colorado University, dating back to the first Division II National Championships in 1963 and 1964. Continuing this legacy as the 11th head coach in Mountaineer wrestling program history is Charlie Pipher.
"I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be the next head wrestling coach at Western State Colorado University," Pipher said. "For me to be able coach at my alma mater and lead such a storied program is very exciting."
Much like his predecessor, Miles Van Hee, now Director of Athletics at Western, Pipher competed for Western as a student-athlete, transitioned to assistant coach after graduating and now becomes head coach of the program.
"I would like to thank Coach Van Hee for all he has done for me since arriving in Gunnison and having the faith in me to take over his role as head coach," Pipher remarked.
Pipher has been in an interim head coaching role since the wrestling season ended March.
"I am thrilled for the Mountaineer wrestling program to have Charlie Pipher at the helm," Van Hee said. "Charlie's character, effort and passion for the program these past six years as the head assistant coach have been second-to-none. I know that passion will continue as he takes the reigns and that he will continue to build upon the tradition of the Mountaineer wrestling program and take it to new levels."
Since 2011, Pipher has worked closely with all Mountaineer wrestlers as assistant coach. During his time as assistant, he helped develop wrestlers on the mat and helped oversee their academic performance.
Since he became assistant coach in 2011, the Mountaineers have finished as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champions once and runners-up twice. They have earned the National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic National Championship as well as the highest team GPA in Division II last season.
Individually, Pipher has helped develop 10 RMAC and NCAA Region IV Champions, 11 Division II All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans and 49 NWCA All-Academic selections.
Pipher has also helped in recruiting and fundraising, including being the assistant camp director for the highly successful and long-running Rocky Mountain Wrestling Camps. Each summer the camps bring thousands of wrestlers to the Gunnison Valley.
"Our current roster features group of guys who I'm excited to see develop on and off the mat," Pipher said about this group of wrestlers. "We also signed a great group of guys early and are in process of finalizing the freshman class for 2017."
As a wrestler at Western, Pipher became a three-time All-American and two-time conference champion for the Mountaineers, wrestling from 2005-11. He helped the Mountaineers take home the RMAC and Super Region IV title in 2010 and earn a fifth-place team finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships in 2011 after placing second individually.
"Charlie bleeds crimson and slate. He is a competitor and a winner and he understands what it takes to be successful here at Western," Van Hee added about Pipher. "I look forward to watching Charlie lead and develop our student-athletes as he assists them in accomplishing their goals both athletically and academically."
Pipher graduated from Western in May of 2011 with a degree in exercise and sport science and business. He earned his graduate degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University - Irvine (California) in 2015.
He and his wife, Ashleigh, also a Western alumna, have a daughter Finleigh.

Mountaineers Claim Academic National Championship

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Western State Colorado University wrestling made history on Thursday. The Mountaineers earned the program's first Division II Wrestling Academic Team Championship, with the highest team grade­point average ever recorded in the awards' 23 year history. As a team, Western earned a 3.530 GPA and placed nine individuals on National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II All­Academic Wrestling teams. While it was the first time Western finished first in the team rankings, the Mountaineers finished in the top six for the fourth consecutive season. The NWCA Academic Team NationalChampionship is calculated by averaging the cumulative GPA of 10 wrestlers from each team of which eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their team's regional championship tournament. The NWCA announced the 2015­2016 Division II All­Academic Wrestling Team selections Thursday night before the national championships. One Mountaineer made the first team, five made the second team and three honorable mention selections. Corbin Bennetts (Gr., Buena Vista, Colorado) earned his third first team honor with a 3.96 GPA. Bennetts also earned second team honors during the 2012­13 season. Also earning his fourth appearance on an NWCA All­Academic team was Austin Harris (Sr., Windsor, Colorado). Harris was named to the second team for a third time in his career with a 3.03 GPA. Harris was also named to the honorable mention team during the 2013­14 season. Also making the second team was Tyler Adams (Sr., Rancho Santa Margarita, California) with a 3.73 GPA. Adams is a three­time NWCA All­Academic selection. Travis Bradford (So., Houston, Texas) also made the second team with a 3.87 GPA. Bradford earned honorable mention last season. Zane Rich (So., Syracuse, Utah) earned his second, second team honor with a 3.46 GPA and Brandon Supernaw (RFr., Colorado Springs, Colorado) made his first appearance with a second team honor and 3.50 GPA. Western's honorable mention selections were Ladd Bunker (RFr., Erie, Colorado), Ryan Pellow (So., Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Ian Steen (So., Graham, Washington). Bunker had a 3.50 GPA, Pellow recorded a 3.49 GPA and Steen had a 3.21 GPA. In order for a student­athlete to be nominated to the Division II All­Academic Team, he needed to have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale. He must also be in at least his second full year at his current school, be a varsity member of his team or a key reserve, demonstrate a degree ofskill and have a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Copyright ©2016 Western State Colorado University
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