Chadron State College men’s wrestling opened the season on Monday with lots of points and plenty of pins, defeating Northeaster Junior College 43-0 in a dual at the Chicoine Center.
Six Eagles wrestlers scored in the double digits, and five recorded wins by fall, as CSC went undefeated in 10 dual bouts and four exhibitions.
“Overall,” said CSC Head Men’s Wrestling Coach Brett Hunter, “we excecuted some of the things we’ve been working on in the practice room, which is exciting to see. Some guys stood out, and others didn’t, but I’m pleased with our effort.”
In the varsity lineup, the fastest pin belonged to redshirt freshman Dean Neff, who defeated his 157-pound opponent one second before the first period buzzer.
The other fall went to junior heavyweight Mason Watt, who went to the second period scoreless but quickly earned a takedown and turned his opponent at 4:47 in the match.
Junior Eli Hinojosa, at 197 pounds, had both the biggest margin of victory and shared the highest score, taking his opponent down eight times in a 19-7 major decision.
Newcomer Chance Bockenstedt, a true freshman 149-pounder, gave the fans a show by also scoring 19. His three sets of nearfalls in the first period put him up 12-2, before the opponent mounted a rally attempt in the second with back points of his own. Bockenstedt survived, however, and resumed running up the score in the third for a 19-10 major.
The two others who scored in double figures were senior Joe Ritzen, with a 15-4 major at 141 pounds, and junior Preston Renner, a 10-3 winner at 165.
All four of CSC’s exhibition wins came before the end of regulation. Sophomores Ethan Leake and Gavin Peitzmeier, along with junior Terry Winstead each had a first period pin, while sophomore Harrison Gocke scored the evening’s only tech fall, winning 16-0 in 3:50.
The Eagles are on the road this weekend, when they tangle with NWCA No. 18 Colorado Mines on Sunday, November 7.
125: Quade Smith (CSC) dec. Braydon Mogle, 7-3
133: Joe Taylor (CSC) won by forfeit
141: Joe Ritzen (CSC) MD Deegan Palmer, 15-4
149: Chance Bockenstedt (CSC) MD Riley Bornhoft, 19-10
157: Dean Neff (CSC) pinned Vince Beeson, 2:59
165: Preston Renner (CSC) dec. Cael Smith, 10-3
174: Darwin Hull (CSC) dec. Tucker Naccarato, 8-4
184: Rowdy Pfeil (CSC) MD Zack Smith, 13-5
197: Eli Hinojosa (CSC) MD Kordell Culhane, 19-7
285: Mason Watt (CSC) pinned Riley Butt, 4:47
141 exhibition: Ethan Leake (CSC) pinned Kross Pollacia, 1:57
149 exhibition: Harrison Gocke (CSC) TF Canyon Palmer, 16-0 (3:50)
285 exhibition: Gavin Peitzmeier (CSC) pinned Austin Garcia, 1:28
285 exhibition: Terry Winstead (CSC) pinned Austin Garcia, 1:33