Men’s Wrestlers Head To Kearney For Massive Tourney

Twenty-two members of the Chadron State College men’s wrestling team will head to Kearney for this Saturday’s 10th annual Younes Hospitality Open. It begins at 9 a.m. CT and wraps up around 6 p.m. on 16 mats at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

The tournament is considered by UNK to be the largest collegiate wrestling tournament in the country. Nearly 600 wrestlers are registered to participate from approximately 48 NCAA Division I, Division II, NAIA, and junior colleges. Included in those are the No. 9 University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, No. 13 Wyoming, as well as Kearney, the top-ranked team in Division II, No. 13 Adams State, No. 15 Colorado School of Mines, No. 20 Augustana, No. 21 Colorado Mesa, and No. 25 Western Colorado. Competition includes brackets for elite, or veteran wrestlers, and amateurs, who have not competed in a varsity lineup.

The Eagles enter with several members of the team nursing injuries. Notably missing from the entries is junior 133-pounder Joe Taylor, who won a 15-4 major in the season opener versus Northeastern Junior College, but did not compete the next week at Nebraska.

All other members of those lineups will enter, in addition to 11 amateurs and junior Terry Winstead, who wrestled varsity at 174 and 184 pounds in 2019-20, but has since bulked up to heavyweight. Leading the CSC contingent is No.13 Eli Hinojosa, who climbed one spot in the national rankings this week.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The matches will be streamed live on FloWrestling and live results will be shown at trackwrestling.com.

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