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Wrestling | 2/3/2018 3:59:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | Supernaw places second at RMAC Championships

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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.

Wrestling | 1/31/2018 10:59:00 AM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | How the West Was Won this Thursday

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GUNNISON, Colo. – Wrestling fans will get to see How the West was Won Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Paul Wright Gym as Western State Colorado University hosts Colorado Mesa University. The 15th ranked Mountaineers will look to extend their four-dual home winning streak.
Thursday's dual is an Operation Red Event, so all fans are encouraged to wear red to support the Mountaineers. Western wrestling will also be handing out free red-out t-shirts to the first fans through the gate.
Western (9-4, 2-1 RMAC) is coming off a 26-18 win over No. 10 University of Central Oklahoma last Saturday in Paul Wright Gym.
The Mountaineers lead the all-time series against CMU, 28-25-1, and defeated the Mavericks earlier in the season, 30-13.
CMU (3-8-1, 1-2-1 RMAC) enters the week after losing to No. 9 California Baptist University 36-9.
The Mavericks are currently receiving votes as a team in the Division II rankings, and have won wrestler ranked at their weight. Payton Tawater sits fourth at 157 pounds for CMU.
Western boasts three wrestlers ranked in the national poll. Trenton Piatt is ranked eighth at 125 pounds, Brandon Supernaw is ranked fifth at 174 pounds, and Konnor Schmidt is ranked fifth at 197 pounds.
Following Thursday's How the West was Won dual, the Mountaineers will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado at the U.S. Olympic Training Center for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday.
Tickets to the conference championships are $10 and all kids eighth grade and younger get into the event free of charge.
Wrestling at the RMAC Championships begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude with the finals matches starting at 4 p.m. Brackets will be released Friday afternoon.
Fans can follow all the action live from the RMAC Championships by heading over to the RMAC Wrestling Championship Headquarters.
Wrestling | 1/27/2018 5:03:00 PM | Western Sports Info. - Loren Ahonen
WREST | Mountaineers upset No. 10 UCO
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GUNNISON, Colo. – With their backs against the wall, No. 15 Western State Colorado University wrestling came from behind and defeated No. 10 University of Central Oklahoma in front of the home crowd in Paul Wright Gym on Saturday.
Midway through Saturday's dual against UCO (12-3, 4-0 MIAA), Western (10-4, 3-1 RMAC) trailed 15-3.
The dual quickly turned in favor of the Mountaineers with Ryan Pellow earning a second period pin at 165 pounds.
Pellow was followed by teammate No. 5 Brandon Supernaw at 174 pounds. Supernaw started the bout with a takedown and put the Broncho wrestler on his back. In the process, the UCO wrestler injured his ankle and was unable to continue, giving an injury forfeit to Supernaw.
Supernaw was followed by Brendan Gonzales at 184 pounds. Gonzales fell behind early but quickly turned that into an advantage and pinned UCO's Joel Dixon in the second period.
The 18 point swing put Western in the driver's seat, leading 18-15 with two matches remaining.
Konnor Schmidt put the dual victory out of reach for UCO by earning a technical fall in his 197-pound match, and five team points for the Mountaineers.
Jody Sandoval was the only other Mountaineer to taste victory on Saturday. Sandoval earned a 6-4 win by sudden victory in the 141-pound match.
Saturday was Western's fourth win this season over a ranked opponent.
The Mountaineers will continue the season next Thursday at home against Colorado Mesa University. How The West Was Won will be decided at 7 p.m. in Paul Wright Gym.


Wrestling | 1/19/2018 11:11:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | Western rolls past Mines, 34-9

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GUNNISON, Colo. – It was a quick dual for the Mountaineer grapplers of Western State Colorado University on Friday night. No. 15 Western won 8-of-10 matches, scoring bonus points in six of those bouts, to defeat the Colorado School of Mines 34-9 in Paul Wright Gym.
The dual between Western (9-3, 3-0 RMAC) and CSM (7-1, 1-1 RMAC) started at 141 pounds. The Mountaineers would take the first seven matches, earning bonus points in six bouts.
Western's 141-pound Jody Sandoval set the tone for the dual, pinning Lukas Erickson in the first period.
Justin Chenoweth then came from behind to defeat CSM's Noah Ottum by a 12-8 decision.
The Mountaineers won the next three bouts all by major decision. Shawn Beiriger at 157 pounds, won his match 9-1, and was followed by Michael Thelen's 10-2 victory at 165 pounds and No. 6 Brandon Supernaw's 17-4 win at 174 pounds.
After a short intermission, Brendan Gonzales stepped on the mat for the 184 pound bout. It took Gonzales only 34 seconds to earn a win by fall over CSM's Connor Ventura.
The Orediggers got on the scoreboard winning the 285 pound match by a 16-11 decision.
However, No. 8 Trenton Piatt earned those three points back with a 3-1 decision, defeating CSM's Zachary Gracia.
The Orediggers ended the dual with a fall at 133 pounds, but the Mountaineers came away with a 34-9 dual victory.
Western will continue the season next Wednesday on the road for a dual against No. 5 Colorado State University – Pueblo.


Wrestling | 1/14/2018 1:06:00 AM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | Mountaineers continue dominance at Midwest Duals

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KEARNEY, Neb. – Western State Colorado University wrestling continued its dominance Saturday at the Midwest Duals. The Mountaineers went 3-1 on the day, with the only loss coming against the hosts, No. 12 University of Nebraska – Kearney.
No. 17 Western faced Fort Hays State University in the first dual of the day on Saturday. After a forfeit by the Tigers at 125 pounds, FHSU won the following bouts to take a 13-6 lead.
The Mountaineers came back and won the following five matches to regain control, 25-13. FHSU won the 285 pound match to finish the dual with a 25-18 loss.
Ryan Pellow (165 pounds), Brandon Supernaw (174 pounds), and Brendan Gonzales (184 pounds) each won by decision against FHSU. Konnor Schmidt (197 pounds) earned a fall, while Shawn Beiriger (157 pounds) won by major decision against the Tigers.
In the next dual, four Mountaineers earned wins against UNK. Trenton Piatt (125 pounds) earned his first of three pins on the day, while Ryan Pellow (165 pounds) and Supernaw each won by decision. Schmidt won by major decision, but the Lopers came away with a 26-16 win.
Supernaw's decision came in sudden victory over No. 12 ranked Zach Stodden.
Western's third dual came against Northern State University. The Mountaineers won 8-of-12 matches against the Wolves, earning bonus points in six of those bouts.
Piatt, Colby Duncan (133 pounds), Jody Sandoval (141 pounds) set the tone by winning the first matches of the dual by pin to take a 18-0 lead.
Sammy deSeriere at 285 pounds also earned a pin against the Wolves. Beiriger won his match by major decision, while Gonzales and Ben Price (197 pounds) each won by decision. Pellow earned six points winning by forfeit.
In the final dual of the night, Western faced No. 22 University of Mary. Piatt once again started the dual with a pin, giving the Mountaineers a 6-0 advantage.
The Marauders would take control of the dual, 10-6, after winning the following two matches.
However, Justin Chenoweth (149 pounds) and Jason Slaughter (157 pounds) won both their bouts by decision to retake the dual in favor of Western, 12-10.
A pin for NSU at 165 pounds put the Wolves back in contention with a 16-12 lead.
The Mountaineers would then rattle-off four straight wins to take the dual 31-16. Supernaw and Ladd Bunker (184 pounds) each won by major decision before Price earned a fall and deSeriere won by technical fall.
Western will return home for a dual against Colorado School of Mines next Friday, Jan. 19 in Paul Wright Gym on Community night.


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Wrestling | 1/6/2018 7:52:00 PM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | Mountaineers shine against ranked opponents


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
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

WREST | Mountaineers add eight during early signing period

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."


Logan Church
Delta, Colorado | Delta High School | HWT
High School: Two-time state placer at the Colorado State High School Championships…State Runner-Up…Has an 80-15 career record at Delta High School…Parents are Kim and Rich Church…Siblings are Savannah and Wyatt Church.


Erik Contreras Jr.
Loveland, Colorado | Mountain View High School | 141 & 149
High School: Three-time state placer at Mountain View High School…State Runner-Up…Three-time all-conference selection…AAU Freshman-Sophomore All-American…Reporter Herald All-Area Wrestler of the Year…Academic All-State Honorable Mention…Member of Student Council, LULAC, Yearbook and LINK…Parents are Kandi Lobato and Erik Contreras Sr…Siblings are Malachi and Naima Contreras.


Caleb Cox
Brush, Colorado | Brush High School | 125 & 133
High School: Varsity starter and letterman every season at Brush High School…55-13 record over the last two seasons and 74-33 in his career at Brush…Three-time regional placer and two-time regional champion at 106 and 113 pounds…Two-time state placer, finishing as Runner-Up in 2016 at 106 pounds and fourth in 2017 at 113 pounds…Two-time member of the Colorado Freestyle/Greco National Dual Team…Three-sport varsity letterman in football, wrestling and baseball…Has been named to all-conference team twice in wrestling, once in football and was honorable mention in baseball…Participated in Future Business Leaders of America…Parents are Chad and Merrie Cox…Siblings are Brooklynn and Levi.


Jason Hanenberg
Colorado Springs, Colorado | Air Academy High School | 141
High School: Has a career record of 119-13 at Air Academy…Three-time state placer, finishing fourth twice and runner-up once…Two-time Regional Champion…Three-time all-conference selection…Three-time team captain…Member of the National Honors Society…Two-time academic letter award recipient…Three-time member of the honor roll…Parents are Pete and Julie Hanenberg…Brother is Tyler.


Jimmy LaConte
Kennesburg, Colorado | Weld Central High School | 157
High School: Three-time Colorado State Championship qualifier at Weld Central…Two-time Colorado State Championship placer, finishing fifth in 2016 and was runner-up in 2017…2017 Class 3A Region Three Champion…Three-time Colorado 7 League Champion…Tied the Weld Central school record for pins in a season with 33…Parents are Greg and Keli LaConte…Siblings are Tanner Edwards and Vince LaConte.


Dylan McBride
Fort Morgan, Colorado | Fort Morgan High School | 197
High School: Four-year varsity letter winner in wrestling at football at Fort Morgan High School…two-time first team all-conference selection in wrestling…Two-time state qualifier, finishing fourth at 182 pounds…Regional Champion in wrestling…First Team All-Conference selection in football…Academic All-State selection…Has earned four academic letter and has twice been selected for the Mighty Mustang Award…Member of the Future Business Leaders of America…Parents are Kate and Jennifer McBride…Siblings are Bryce, Toby, Trey and Taya.


Johnny Murphy
Fort Collins, Colorado | Rocky Mountain High School | 133
High School: Team captain at Rocky Mountain High School…State qualifier, finishing fourth at regionals…Placed sixth at Top of the Rockies, third at the Roosevelt Tournament…Parents are Heather and Dan Murphy…Siblings are Haley and Danny.


Matthew Tamanaha
Lihue, Hawaii | Kauai High School | 133
High School: Team captain as a senior at Kauai High School…Placed second as a junior at the Kauai Interscholastic Federation Championships…Member of the honor roll…Also participated in football…Member of Team Hawaii at the 2017 Fargo Tournament…Parents are Lorraine and Reid Tamanaha…Sister is Mackenna.





Wrestling | 12/2/2017 2:52:00 AM | Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director

WREST | Mountaineers demolish Eagles

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GUNNISON, Colo. – Western State Colorado University won seven matches in the home-opening dual against Chadron State College on Friday night. The Mountaineers defeated the Eagles 30-11 to remain undefeated in duals this season.
Trenton Piatt earned the staple chain to begin the match, pinning CSC's Evan Smith in the second period to give Western a 6-0 lead to begin the dual.
However, the Eagles came soaring back, winning the next two bouts to take a 7-6 lead. It would be the last lead for CSC.
The Mountaineers won the following three matches by decision and were ahead 15-7 before the 174-pound bout.
Ranked sixth in Division II at 174 pounds, Brandon Supernaw made quick work of his opponent and earned a 17-1 technical fall to increase Western's lead over CSC to 20-7.
Ladd Bunker then proceeded to earn an 11-1 major decision at 184 pound to give the Mountaineers a 24-7 lead.
After a forfeit at 197 pounds, the Mountaineers had the dual won.
Western has recorded 30 points in two straight duals this season to remain undefeated.
Those Mountaineers that didn't compete in the dual will wrestle at the Colorado Mesa University Open on Sunday in Grand Junction, Colorado. Results will be posted on



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.
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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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.

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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

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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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