LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- The Chadron State College wrestling team won five of its first six matches en route to its 22-15 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory over New Mexico Highlands Thursday in Las Vegas, N.M.
With the win, Chadron State improves to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
"It's always good to get a win on the road," Chadron State interim head coach Brett Hunter said.
The Eagles will wrestle Adams State in Alamosa, Colo., in another conference showdown tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m.
Jace Johnson got things going for the Eagles in the first match by earning a 3-2 decision over Erick Rangel at 125 pounds. Perry McAfee put the Eagles up 7-0 in the dual after a major decision over Austin Morrow at 133.
Following a win by Highlands' at 141, Chadron State received two straight pins. Reed Burgener pinned Mariano Montoya at 149 in the second period and Bruce Zurek got a first period fall over Juan Alvarado.
After the two pins, Dylan Fors added to Chadron State's lead with a commanding 6-1 decision over Trevor Saxon.
However, Highlands came back and earned three straight decisions before CSC's heavyweight Mike Hill closed out the dual with a 2-1 decision over Robert Rockhill.
125 – Jace Johnson, CSC, dec. Erick Rangel, 3-2
133 – Perry McAfee, CSC, major dec. Austin Morrow, 14-6
141 – Dan Gaylor, NMH, dec. Josh McCance, 5-4
149 – Reed Burgener, CSC, pinned Mariano Montoya, 4:15
157 – Bruce Zurek, CSC, pinned Juan Alvarado, 2:20
165 – Dylan Fors, CSC, dec. Trevor Saxon, 6-1
174 – Easton Hargrove, NMH, dec. Devan Fors, 4-1
184 – Igor Gomzin, NMH, dec. Jordan Debus, 9-4
197 – Justin Rockhill, NMH, dec. Chris Leak, 9-5
285 – Mike Hill, CSC, dec. Robert Rockhill, 2-1