CHADRON, Neb. -- With the team score knotted at 16-16, it all boiled down to the heavyweight match here Thursday night, and Chadron State's Cooper Cogdill answered the call by pinning fellow freshman Corbin Grenowich, giving the Eagles a 22-16 victory over New Mexico Highlands in an exciting Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual.
After a scoreless first period, Cogdill came around behind Grenowich for a takedown and a two-point nearfall in the second session. The Chadron native quickly escaped from the referee's position to open the third period, managed another takedown and used a reverse half-Nelson to begin the pinning process, much to the crowd's delight.
The outcome hikes the Eagles' dual record to 12-1 and avenges Highlands' 22-10 win during last year's dual in Las Vegas.
Both team won five matches, but the Eagles got another pin from sophomore Chance Helmick at 165 pounds to help decide the outcome. Helmick leads the Eagles with a 26-5 record.
The Cowboys opened the dual by winning three of the first four matches to take a 10-3 lead. A 13-4 major decision by Highlands' Orlando Guerra at 149 pounds provided the bonus point.
Chadron State's triumph in the early matches was a 9-5 decision by Taylor Summers over Tre Humphrey at 133 pounds. Summers took a 4-0 lead late in the first period and was ahead the rest of the way. The match wasn't nearly as wild as their bout had been on Sunday during the RMAC Tournament. Summers won that won 19-14. He's now 17-6 for the season.
Also victorious for the Eagles were redshirt freshman Johnny Porter, who posted a 10-2 major decision at 157 pounds, and junior Caleb Copeland, who had two takedowns and didn't give up any while winning the 174-pound encounter 5-3. He is now 20-8 for the season.
The Eagles wrap up their home schedule this weekend by hosting two South Dakota teams, Northern State and Dakota Wesleyan, at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
125: Jacob Espana, NMHU, dec. Brandon Kile 8-4.
133: Taylor Summers, CSC, dec. Tre Humphrey 9-5.
141: Dan Gaylor, NMHU, dec, Josh Miller 5-4.
149: Orlando Guerra, NMHU, major dec. Clayton Steinmetz 13-4.
157: Johnny Porter, CSC, major dec. Christian Luchuga 10-2.
165: Chance Helmrick, CSC, pinned Jacob Hawthorne 2:17.
174: Caleb Copeland, CSC, dec. J.B. Bechtloff 5-3.
184: Luis Terrazas, NMHU, dec. Shane Rodenburg 6-0.
197: Cody Marquez, NMHU, dec. Stuart Hircock 3-0.
285: Cooper Cogdill,CSC, pinned Coby Grenowich 5:33.