Busy week under way for HU wrestlers

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By Vincent Nolasco
NMHU Sports Information

The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboy wrestling team (3-1, 1-1 conference) starts its second week of duals matches in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and will be on the road this week.

The Cowboys’ first dual was scheduled against the Grizzlies of Adams State University (1-2, in the RMAC and 3-3 overall) on Thursday in Alamosa, Colo. The second dual is against the Mavericks of Colorado Mesa University (0-0, in the RMAC and 5-3 overall) at 7 p.m. Friday in Grand Junction, Colo.

“We have a tough road ahead this weekend, with two back-to-back Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference duals, and we are up for the challenge,” head coach Doug Moses noted.

Sophomore Erick Rangel (18-4) and redshirt sophomore Juan Alvarado (17-4) continue to shine and lead the Cowboy charge.

Rangel, Humphrey, Alvarado, Gomzin, and Rockhill all split on the last weekend for the Cowboys.

Rangel won a very tough match against Chadron State’s Taylor Summers in a 9-8 squeaker. Rangel is 2-1 in the 2014 dual season and his record in conference is 1-1.

Redshirt sophomore Tre Humphrey thus far in the dual season has earned three falls out of four matches. This past weekend, he earned a fall against Joshua Redman from Colorado School of Mines in 4:33. His record in conference is 1-1.

Alvarado earned his 17th victory of season against Ashton Krajnovich from Colo. School of Mines in a 5-1 decision. His record in conference is 1-1.

Junior Easton Hargrave won his first two duals in the RMAC this past weekend. He earned decision against Caleb Copeland from Chadron State, 10-7. Against Mines, Hargrave quickly earned a pin in the first round in 1:36. His record in conference is 2-0.

Senior Igor Gomzin also earned a spilt decision this past weekend. Gomzin earned a victory by forfeit against Colorado School of Mines. His record in conference is 1-1.

Junior Justin Rockhill (a national qualifier in 2012-2013) defeated Devan Fors from Chadron State in a tough dual by the final score of 6-5. His record in conference is 1-1.

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Robertson and West Las Vegas wrestling teams will compete in Saturday’s Trinidad tournament in Trinidad, Colo. The following weekend, it’s the annual Cardinal Classic, a two-day affair at Mike Marr Gym.