PLAINVIEW, Texas -- After falling in a 15-3 hole, the Cowboys won the next five matches as New Mexico Highlands University (5-4) knocked off Wayland Baptist (2-9) for the second time this season, this time by a 24-21 score Tuesday night (Feb. 4).
After the Pioneers won three matches in a row -- two by pin -- and led 15-3, Highlands took the next five matches to clinch the dual going into the heavyweight match. Sophomore Jesse Martinez started the Cowboy charge in exciting fashion at 157, knocking off Bernie Gonzalez 7-6. Redshirt sophomore Juan Alvarado brought the visitors within a pin with a 10-3 decision at 165.
Junior Easton Hargrave continued the Highlands' string of decisions with a high-scoring, 13-8 win at 174 over Mitch Napier.
While three decisions inched Highlands closer to the Pioneers, a pair of first period pins left the home team in the dust and clinched a victory. Senior Igor Gomzin pinned Manuel Rocha at 184 in 2:32. Junior Justin Rockhill clinched the match with a fall in 2:33 at 197.
Sophomore Erick Rangel got the Cowboys off to a fast start with a 7-3 decision at 125 as Highlands took a 3-0 lead.
For the Pioneers, Andrew Porras tied the match at 133 with a 9-3 decision. Wayland Baptist raced out to a 15-3 advantage with pins at 141 and 149 by Chris Hart and Victor Thomas, respectively.
The New Mexico Highlands wrestling team takes more than a week off before celebrating senior day on Feb. 12 against CSU-Pueblo. Dual time at the John A. Wilson Complex is set for 7 p.m.
125: Erick Rangel, NMHU, def. Justin Williamson, WBU, by dec., 7-3; NMHU 3-0.
133: Andrew Porras, WBU, def. Tre Humphreys, NMHU, by dec., 9-3; Tied 3-3.
141: Chris Hart, WBU, def. Dan Gaylor, NMHU, by pin, 1:32, WBU 9-3.
149: Victor Thomas, WBU, def. Pierce Stowman, NMHU, by pin, 6:51, WBU 15-3.
157: Jesse Martinez, NMHU, def. Bernie Gonzales, WBU, by dec., 7-6; WBU 15-6.
165: Juan Alvarado, NMHU, def. John Mark Avila, WBU, by dec., 10-3; WBU 15-9.
174: Easton Hargrave, NMHU, def. Mich Napier, WBU, by dec., 13-8, WBU 15-12.
184: Igor Gomzin, NMHU, def. Manuel Rocha, WBU, by pin, 2:32; NMHU 18-15.
197: Justin Rockhill, NMHU, def. Nik Gates, WBU, by pin, 2:33, NMHU 24-15.
285: Markese Christian, WBU, def. Cody Marquez, NMHU, by pin, 1:32, NMHU won 24-21.