Men’s Wrestling Meet Pared By One Team

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Some top-flight NCAA Division II wrestling is scheduled Saturday when two teams will visit Chadron State for round-robin action versus the Eagles in the Chicoine Center.

The Eagles will dual San Francisco State at 9 a.m. and Kearney at noon. The Lopers and Gators will dual each other in between, at 10:30 a.m. The Augustana University Vikings, originally scheduled to participate, have cancelled their appearance due to the impending winter storm.

Kearney has another powerhouse team. The Lopers are rated No. 1 by Intermat, an online wrestling website, and No. 3 by the Coaches Association. Six team members are ranked among the top 10 in their weight classes, led by Sam Turner, who is first and second at 149 pounds, and Matt Malcom, who is second on both lists.

Malcom is a four-time All-American and was a national champion in 2019.

SFSU features one ranked opponent, redshirt senior Mason Boutain, at 157 pounds. He is ranked No. 8.

CSC Coach Brett Hunter said his grapplers will be challenged on Saturday, but noted they’ve already dueled the Nebraska Cornhuskers and met up with several members of No.3 NCAA Division I Arizona State, No. 23 Utah Valley and No. 25 University of Wyoming at the Cowboy Open at UW two weeks ago.

“Our guys keep working hard and don’t back down just because their opponent is somebody special,” Hunter noted. “We’ve upset several ranked wrestlers this season, and that’s always special for the whole team.”

Probable lineups:

Chadron State
125 Quade Smith (4-2)
133 Kobe Lepe (4-5)
141 Joe Ritzen (3-5)
OR Ethan Leake (6-5)
149 Harrison Gocke (10-7)
OR Chance Bockenstedt (3-5)
157 Dean Neff (4-3)
165 Preston Renner (5-5)
174 Darwin Hull (7-5)
184 Rowdy Pfeil (6-6)
197 No. 15 Eli Hinojosa (4-4)
285 No. 7 Mason Watt (3-1)
OR Gavin Peitzmeier (4-5)

Nebraska-Kearney
125 No. 10 Josh Portillo (5-2)
133 Alec Segarra (0-2)
141 No. 8 Nick James (7-4)
149 Ryan Johnson (3-5)
OR Jonathan Killingsworth (2-3)
157 Teontae Wilson (2-5)
165 No. 2 Matt Malcom (8-2)
174 Billy Higgins (5-3)
184 No. 5 Austin Eldredge (5-4)
197 Hayden Prince (4-5)
285 No. 8 Lee Herrington (7-4)

San Francisco State
125 Tony Margiotta (0-1)
133 Stefano McKinney (0-1)
141 Joshua Norikiyo (0-1)
149 Basil Othman (0-1)
157 No. 8 Mason Boutain (1-0)
165 Kweli Hernandez (0-0)
174 Tyee Ducharme (0-1)
184 Hamzah Alsaudi (1-0)
197 Gage Mettler (0-1)
285 Tyler Watson (0-1)

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