GOLDEN, Colo. -- Falls by Keenan Willits and TJ Shelton and a couple of last-second wins helped Colorado School of Mines defeat Northeastern JC 32-6 at Steinhauer Fieldhouse on Thursday.
The Orediggers improved to 2-0 on the young season with wins in eight of the 10 bouts, including four with bonus points. In addition to Willits' and Shelton's pins, Noah Ottum and Robert Gambrell picked up major decisions.
The Plainsmen (1-1) got off to a good start as Cian Apple picked up a 6-5 win over Matt Lavengood at 125 pounds, with Apple picking up a third-period near-fall four to make the difference. Lavengood mounted a comeback with a late reversal and a stalling point, but came up two seconds short of earning riding time to send it to overtime.
One of the top matches of the night came at 133 as #6 Noah Au-Yeung hit a four-point tilt with less than 20 seconds remaining to come back and beat Quintel Fuchs, 5-2. NJC got points back at 141, though, as #1 Sam Eckhart won 10-4 over Lukas Erickson.
Mines would not lose after that as Ottum sparked a run with his 14-2 major over Maverick Keigher, and Skyler Lykins dominated Sebastian Robles for a 13-6 victory at 157. Willits' 4:15 fall over Josh Betts blew the team score open and Gambrell added four more with a 12-2 win at 174 over Dillon Thomas.
The upper weights were all victorious starting with TJ Shelton, who led 8-1 before pinning Breason Lewis at 2:54 in the 184-pound bout. Jake Feldman used a seven-point second period to break open a scoreless match at 197, ultimately beating Logan Malouff 11-6, and Weston Hunt put the perfect punctuation on the dual with a last-second victory at 285. Trailing 2-1 but ready to take his match into sudden victory with riding time, Hunt instead exposed Oscar Soto for a four-nearfall at the buzzer to win 6-2 in regulation.
The Orediggers return to action Nov. 17 at the UNK Open in Kearney, Neb.
125: Cian Apple (NEJC) over Matthew Lavengood (MINES) (Dec 6-5)
133: #6 Noah Au-Yeung (MINES) over Quintel Fuchs (NEJC) (Dec 5-2)
141: #1 Sam Eckhart (NEJC) over Lukas Erickson (MINES) (Dec 10-4)
149: Noah Ottum (MINES) over Maverick Keigher (NEJC) (MD 14-2)
157: Skyler Lykins (MINES) over Sebastian Robles (NEJC) (Dec 13-6)
165: Keenan Willits (MINES) over Josh Betts (NEJC) (Fall 4:15)
174: Robert Gambrell (MINES) over Dillon Thomas (NEJC) (MD 12-2)
184: TJ Shelton (MINES) over Breason Lewis (NEJC) (Fall 2:54)
197: Jacob Feldman (MINES) over Logan Malouff (NEJC) (Dec 11-6)
285: Weston Hunt (MINES) over Oscar Soto (NEJC) (Dec 6-2)