CSC Wrestlers Host Key Dual On Sunday

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The Chadron State College men’s wrestling team has one of its biggest home duals of the year looming on Sunday afternoon, in the Chicoine Center, at 1 p.m.

The Eagles are 4-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and this weekend they face the No. 21-ranked Colorado School of Mines Orediggers in a showdown with conference title implications.

Mines is 4-1 and is coming off its first conference loss of the season at No. 16 Colorado Mesa. Out of the 10 bouts in that dual, nine were close decisions, and five were decided by two points or less. A 5-2 decision by Mesa’s eighth-ranked 197-pounder decided the final outcome.

Two Orediggers are ranked nationally in the most recent coaches’ poll. They are No. 11 Anderson Salisbury, at 184 pounds, and No. 5 Weston Hunt, at heavyweight. Salisbury is 14-2 and Hunt is 9-1 on the season.

Salisbury won the Nebraska-Kearney Younes Hospitality Open, defeating No. 5 Austin Eldredge of UNK in the finals. He placed seventh at the prestigious Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, and he has gone undefeated in duals, beating No. 8 Martin Verhaeghe of Fort Hays State in the process of racking up a 6-0 dual record.

Hunt’s resume is equally impressive. Like Salisbury, he also won his elite bracket at the Kearney tournament, finishing with an overtime decision over No. 15 Gavin Nye of CSU-Pueblo. Hunt started 3-0 at the Midwest Classic, guaranteeing himself a placing, before an injury in the semifinals dropped him to sixth place. He is 2-0 in duals after returning to the mat last Sunday.

Mines’ Grayston DiBlasi also made an appearance this week, at No. 16, in a ranking published at InterMatWrestle.com. He made the finals in three straight opens to start the season and won all four of his duals in January to reach 17-4 on the season. In addition, DiBlasi is the reigning RMAC Wrestler of the Week, but he is questionable for Sunday.

CSC’s 285-pounder, Mason Watt, remains the lone ranked Eagles wrestler, remaining at No. 11 in one ranking and No. 10 in the other.

The Eagles’ conference title quest includes two more tough duals, on the road, next week at Mesa and Western Colorado. In addition to Mines’ 21st-ranking and Mesa at 16th, Western has a ranking of 20th from Intermat.

Mesa is tied with CSC atop the RMAC standings at 4-0 now, after downing New Mexico Highlands on Wednesday evening. The Mavericks travel to No. 14 Adams State on Thursday.

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