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    Veterans shine at Utah Valley's instrasquad

    OREM, Utah -- Fans got their first look at the 2014-15 Utah Valley University wrestling team on Wednesday night at the annual Intrasquad Dual and the exhibition contest ended in a 24-24 tie after senior Adam Fager and junior Jade Rauser delivered down the stretch for their respective squads.

    With the dual all tied up at 21-all with just two matches remaining, two-time NCAA Qualifier Rauser put the green team up by three with an 8-4 victory. Rauser, who has bumped up to 133 pounds for the Wolverines this season, scored a late takedown and an additional riding time point to secure the bout over sophomore Jarod Maynes.

    The Intrasquad then came down to a battle of heavyweights in the final contest of the evening between another two-time NCAA Qualifier in the senior Fager and sophomore Dustin Dennison. Both wrestlers, who had previously each won an earlier bout by fall, entered the second period scoreless. Fager was the first to get on the scoreboard with a second-period escape. Fager then conceded an escape point to Dennison at the start of the third period to tie the match at 1-1. Fager, who is currently ranked 12th nationally by InterMat, then picked up a late takedown to seal the match by a score of 3-2 to end the dual in a 24-all tie.

    Fager was one of three wrestlers to record a pair of victories on the evening as he, junior 125-pounder Chasen Tolbert and freshman 165-pounder Dalton Harmon each won two bouts apiece.

    Fager picked up his earlier victory in the opening match of the evening as he managed to record a first-period fall over redshirt freshman Jordan Karst. The pin put the black team up 6-0, but Tolbert immediately countered back for the green squad in the next match with a 7-0 decision over freshman Josh Temple at 125 pounds.

    Harmon then gave Team Green a 9-6 lead after pinning Jesse Christensen in the next match in the third period. The freshman from Juab High School (Nephi, Utah) held a 12-5 advantage prior to pinning Christensen midway through the final period. Harmon later recorded his second victory of the evening over fellow freshman Raider Lofthouse by a score of 7-2. The win pulled his green squad within six points, at 15-21, with just three matches to go. Tolbert then erased the deficit for the green team by pinning freshman Tyler Scott the very next match in just 37 seconds to tie the team score at 21-all.

    Earlier in the evening in a challenge match for the 184-pound starting spot on the roster, redshirt junior Ross Taylor of Team Black managed to take care of business against sophomore Abel Gomez by a score of 6-3. Taylor scored a third-period takedown and a riding time point to secure the victory.

    Junior 157-pounder Logan Addis followed up the contest with another win for Team Black as he scored an 8-3 decision over freshman Michael Suwyn. The victory gave the black team a 12-9 advantage on the scoreboard. The lead was short lived however, as the green team struck back in the next bout with a 6-0 victory from freshman Matthew Ontiveros at 141 pounds. Ontiveros earned the decision victory over Maynes to tie the team score once again at 12-all.

    With the dual still tied at 12-12, freshman DJ Argyle put the black team back on top with a 5-3 decision over fellow 149-pounder Cole Hamai.

    In a pair of non-team scored contests, Dennison managed to record a fall over the fellow heavyweight Karst while Scott followed it up with a 5-1 victory over fellow 125-pounder Temple.

    The Wolverines will officially begin their 2014-15 campaign in Clarion, Pennsylvania, at the Clarion Open on Sunday. Following Sunday's tournament, UVU will head to Grand Junction, Colorado, for the Colorado Mesa Open on Saturday, Nov. 8.

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