Wrestling | 2/3/2018 3:59:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Western State Colorado University placed 6-of-10 wrestlers on Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. As a team, the Mountaineers finished in fifth place with 62.5 points.
Brandon Supernaw, ranked fifth in Division II, was Western's highest placer at the conference championships. The junior finished second at 174 pounds for the second consecutive season. Supernaw won his first round match by fall, pinning Chadron State College's Heber Shepherd in the first period. Supernaw then made the finals with a 9-4 decision over Colorado Mesa University's Bruno Nicoletti.
Supernaw's only loss of the tournament came in the finals to No. 2 ranked Nolan Kistler of California Baptist University. Kistler won the match by a 10-4 decision.
At 197 pounds, Konnor Schmidt placed third. After receiving a bye in the opening round, Schmidt made quick work of Colorado Mesa University's Anthony Lodermeier, winning by major decision 13-4.
In the following match, Schmidt was beating Adams State University's Joe Bencomo and was close to earning a fall. However, Bencomo caught Schmidt and pinned the Mountaineers' 197-pounder.
Schmidt came back, winning his following two matches to earn a third place finish. Schmidt first defeated CSU-Pueblo's Donavan Rincon by technical fall in the second period, then won by major decision over New Mexico Highlands University's Christopher Collins.
Three Western wrestlers placed fifth. Trent Piatt overcame a loss in the semifinals and consolation semifinals to earn a fifth place finish at 125 pounds. Piatt also recorded a fall in the opening round against CMU's Cole Bernstein.
Jason Slaughter placed fifth at 157 pounds. Slaughter also came back following a loss in the semifinals and consolation semifinals.
At 184 pounds, Brendan Gonzales finished in fifth place. Like Piatt and Slaughter, Gonzales came back after losing in the semifinals and consolation semifinals.
Jody Sandoval at 141 pounds was Western's sixth placer. Sandoval finished in sixth place.
California Baptist won the RMAC Championships with a team score of 132.5 points.
The Mountaineers return to the mat next Thursday in Alamosa, Colorado to face the Adams State University Grizzlies at 7 p.m. in Plachy Hall.
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GUNNISON, Colo. – After dropping the first two duals at the 28thAnnual Tracy Borah Duals on Saturday, No. 17 Western State Colorado University came back with a vengeance. The Mountaineers destroyed No. 14 Newberry College before defeating No. 11 Simon Fraser University in comeback fashion.
The Mountaineers opened the Tracy Borah Duals against familiar Borah Duals foe, Air Force Academy. The Falcons are the only other school to compete in all 28 Tracy Borah Duals.
Western was unable to down the Division I Falcons. Colby Duncan at 133 pounds, Brandon Supernaw at 174 pounds and Konnor Schmidt at 197 pounds, were the only Mountaineers to earn a win against Air Force. Duncan and Supernaw both won by decision, while Schmidt earned a victory by technical fall.
The Falcons would win all three of their duals on Saturday.
Against No. 16 University of Findlay, Western 125-pounder Trenton Piatt earned his first of three falls at the Tracy Borah Duals. Piatt's three pins tied for the dual tournament lead on Saturday with Simon Fraser's Cruz Velasquez.
Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, Supernaw and Schmidt were the only other Western wrestlers to record wins against Findlay.
After suffering two defeats to open the duals, Western rebounded in a big way against Newberry. The Mountaineers won 8-of-10 matches, with six wins by bonus points. Western beat the Wolves, 38-7.
Piatt, Jody Sandoval at 141 points and Ryan Pellow at 165 pounds each earned a fall against the Wolves. Supernaw and Ladd Bunker at 184 pounds earned back-to-back technical falls.
Shawn Beiriger at 157 pounds added a major decision for the Mountaineers, while J.D. Chenoweth at 149 pounds and Samuel DeSeriere at 285 pounds each recorded a decision.
Against Simon Fraser, Piatt once again led with a pin in the 125-pound match. The Western lead was short lived as the Clan earned a decision, major decision and pin in the following three bouts. A 13-6 deficit did not deter the Mountaineers as they came storming back with four straight wins.
Jason Slaughter earned a major decision at 157 pounds before Pellow won by forfeit at 165 pounds. Supernaw followed with a win by decision and then Brendan Gonzales earned a first-round pin at 184 pounds.
Western defeated Simon Fraser 25-21 to end the Tracy Borah Duals.
Fans can see all results from the 28th Annual Tracy Borah Duals by visiting the dual headquarters page on GoMountaineers.com.
The Mountaineers return to action next Thursday against Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado.
Wrestling | 12/5/2017 3:45:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director
GUNNISON, Colo. - During the early signing period, Western State Colorado University wrestling gained an edge over their competition, signing eight newcomers. All eight will join the Western wrestling squad next fall for the 2018-19 season.
"Our staff is very excited about the eight guys we signed early for the fall of 2018," Head Coach Charlie Pipher said. "We had a big emphasis of getting more depth in our lower weights and we filled that need as five of the eight are 141 pounds or below."
The state of Colorado is well represented as seven of the eight signees come from the Centennial State. The only wrestler not from Colorado is Matthew Tamanaha, out of the state of Hawaii.
After signing quite a few heavier weights for the 2017-18 season, six of the eight early signees are 157 pounds or lighter.
"These guys are the right guys for our program to gain on what we want to accomplish. Some of them have been to our camps for years, a couple wrestled their high school careers for Western alumni and others are brand new to Western Wrestling," Pipher continued. "We are fired up to add these guys to our already great group of guys in Mountaineer Wrestling."
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|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)|
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.
Look for more weight previews all week long.
Red Tornado! The RMAC Championships are quickly approaching. The tournament will be held at the US Olympic Training Center on February 3rd. We will be hosting a social at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center's Hospitality Suite. Food will generously be provided by Mary Simon and is free for all to attend! Please RSVP Mary to help her get an idea of how much food to prepare.
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 gomountaineers.com.
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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