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WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Held at the Colorado School of Mines Feb. 24-25, 2017
 
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Wrestling | 2/4/2017 6:54:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | Mountaineers place third at RMAC Championships

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.
 

Team Scores
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

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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