Tim Flynn, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
GOLDEN, Colo. – No. 16 Colorado School of Mines began its wrestling season with a dominating 31-6 win over No. 12 Fort Hays State on Thursday.
The Orediggers (1-0) won eight bouts including falls by Noah Ottum at 149 pounds and #8 Skyler Lykins at 165.
The match began at 125 with Jake Stogdill defeating Broderick Green 7-3, and freshman Gabe Martinez impressed as he nearly pulled off the upset at 133 against #2 Mason Turner, taking him to sudden victory in an 8-6 loss.
Mines then reeled off four straight wins beginning with Wes Rayburn’s defensive 2-0 decision against Rhett Edmonson at 141, and Ottum pinned Josh Lenker in 1:39 at 149. Carter Noehre’s first-period takedown was the only scoring in a 2-0 win against Anthony Scantlin at 157, and Lykins pinned Nick Lucas 38 seconds into the second period after a reversal put Lucas on his back.
KJ Kearns battled a tough #6 Marty Verhaeghe at 174 but fell 3-0, but Mines secured the win thanks to #6 Anderson Salisbury’s 6-0 decision over Clint Herrick at 184, and Nolan Funk hanging on for a 12-11 win against Tereus Henry at 197. The heavyweight match featured two competitors ranked in the NWCA top 10 with #5 Weston Hunt beating #10 AJ Cooper 4-2. Hunt used an explosive reversal into a nearfall-two early in the second period to secure his victory, surrendering only two escapes to Cooper.
The dual also featured 10 exhibition matches with Mines winning eight; Christian Lopez won by major decision 18-7, Tyler Krause, Zach Krause, and Tristan David all picked up first-period falls, Teague Dilbeck and Levi Farris won decisions, and Jack Damenti worked a 17-2 technical fall. The highlight of the night was in a 174-pound exhibition as Ryan Fidel upset Verhaeghe in a 9-8 thriller; Fidel found a nearfall-four in the first period and then did enough in the third to maintain a riding time edge for the victory.
Christian Lopez, Tyler Krause, Zach Krause, Tristan David, and Levi Farris all picked up their first official wins as Orediggers.
Mines won its third in a row over the Tigers. The Orediggers’ 25-point margin of victory was their largest over Fort Hays State since a 34-6 win in 1978.
Mines has won six straight season dual openers dating back to 2014-15.
Sunday’s meet against Western Colorado has been postponed; Mines is next scheduled to host Colorado Mesa on Jan. 23.
#16 Colorado School of Mines 31, #12 Fort Hays State 6 [Full Scoring]
125: Jake Stogdill (MINES) over Broderick Green (FHSU) (Dec 7-3)
133: #2 Mason Turner (FHSU) over Gabe Martinez (MINES) (SV-1 8-6)
141: Wes Rayburn (MINES) over Rhett Edmonson (FHSU) (Dec 2-0)
149: Noah Ottum (MINES) over Josh Lenker (FHSU) (Fall 1:39)
157: Carter Noehre (MINES) over Anthony Scantlin (FHSU) (Dec 2-0)
165: #8 Skyler Lykins (MINES) over Nick Lucas (FHSU) (Fall 3:38)
174: #6 Martin Verhaeghe (FHSU) over KJ Kearns (MINES) (Dec 3-0)
184: #6 Anderson Salisbury (MINES) over Clint Herrick (FHSU) (Dec 6-0)
197: Nolan Funk (MINES) over Tereus Henry (FHSU) (Dec 12-11)
285: #5 Weston Hunt (MINES) over #10 AJ Cooper (FHSU) (Dec 4-2)
(Fort Hays State penalized one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct)
125 Extra: Christian Lopez (MINES) over Rhett Koppes (FHSU) (MD 18-7)
125 Extra: Tyler Krause (MINES) over Colin Cole (FHSU) (Fall 0:57)
141 Extra: Teague Dilbeck (MINES) over Rhett Edmonson (FHSU) (Dec 9-5)
149 Extra: Zach Krause (MINES) over Josh Lenker (FHSU) (Fall 1:25)
157 Extra: Jack Damenti (MINES) over Cody Hicks (FHSU) (TF 17-2 4:35)
157 Extra: Tristin David (MINES) over Kadin Heacock (FHSU) (Fall 1:25)
174 Extra: Levi Farris (MINES) over Clint Herrick (FHSU) (Dec 5-2)
174 Extra: Ryan Fidel (MINES) over Martin Verhaeghe (FHSU) (Dec 9-8)
285 Extra: Anthony Caldwell (FHSU) over Mike True (MINES) (Dec 3-2)
285 Extra: Caleb Willis (FHSU) over Anthony Atria (MINES) (Dec 10-6)