By Dave Kavanaugh
No big deal for the big guys.
New Mexico Highlands heavyweight wrestlers Jesse Boggs and Louis Thornton stormed through their brackets in this past Saturday’s Wyoming Cowboy Open, each reaching the finals before falling in close matches.
Boggs, who along with teammate Jesse Feinsod represented NMHU at nationals this past March, went 3-1 in the “elite” heavyweight division. The tournament, hosted by the University of Wyoming in Laramie, featured “elite” and “amateur” brackets at every weight class.
Highlands’ No. 2 heavy, Thornton, also went 3-1, getting to the “amateur” final.
Feinsod posted the best NMHU performance by a non-heavyweight, finishing fourth in the “elite” 174-pound draw.
“It was a good tournament for us,” said NMHU head coach Doug Moses, who noted that he has a full team — with wrestlers at each weight class — as the season begins.
A breakdown, weight class by weight class, of the Cowboy grapplers’ performance in Laramie:
Mark Molina lost 6-5 dec. to Cody Cole (Western State College); lost 16-0 tech. fall to Nick Maestas.
Nick Maestas lost 22-4, tech. fall, to Danny Luttrell (unattached); won 16-0 tech. fall over Molina; pinned Aaron Lujan (unatt.), 4:42; won 3-2 dec. over Marcus May (WSC); won 12-4 major dec. vs. Steven Wehner (unatt.); won 9-2 dec. over Steven Reynolds (unatt.); won 8-6 dec. over Zach Maes (Northern Colorado); lost 8-2 dec. vs. Cole.
Donovan Troup won 10-3 dec. over Luis Carranza (Northwest Wyoming Community College); lost by pin to Josh Smith (unatt.), 4:30; won 16-6 major dec. over Geronimo Gemeya (unatt.); won 3-2 dec. over Thrasher Porcher (unatt.); lost 2-0 dec. to Jarek Patterson (unatt.).
Casey Urquhart lost by pin to Cole Von Ohlen (U.S. Air Force Prep), 2:25; lost 8-4 dec. to Daniel Coffey (Western Wyoming).
Zach Armijo (former Robertson High state champion) lost by pin to Tanner Weltzin (Air Force), 6:35; lost 14-9 dec. to Nathan McClain (unatt.).
Robert Rodriguez lost by pin to Drew Cornito (unatt.), 4:17; lost by pin to Mark Hobson (Montana State), 4:00.
Frank Shanley won 7-2 dec. vs. Kyler Briggs (Idaho State); lost 10-0 major dec. to Justin Dekok (Chadron State); lost by pin to Daniel Armijo (Colorado School of Mines), 5:08.
Jarrod Purvis won 9-7 dec. vs. Alex Sipherd (unatt.); lost by pin to Brad Sweet (unatt.), 1:33; lost 5-3 dec. to Jordan Gienger (Nebraska-Kearney).
Andrew Roden won 6-3 dec. vs. Brad Price (CSM); lost by pin to Chris Leak (CSC), 2:35; lost 3-2 dec. to Christian Griffith (WSC).
Mark Eder lost by pin to Nick Bauman (UNK), 5:28; won 11-2 major dec. over Martinez; lost 4-2 dec. to Erik Red (Air Force).
Mark Martinez lost 12-1 major dec. to Tyson Anderson (Western Wyoming); lost 11-2 major dec. to Eder.
Luke McPeek pinned Cody Bloom (Idaho State), :58; lost 15-9 dec. to Tony Chavarria (Colorado State-Pueblo); won 9-6 dec. vs. Neil Delaney (Air Force); lost 14-9 dec. to Kazden Ikehara (Air Force).
Louis Thornton won 3-0 dec. vs. Dylan Clark (unatt.); won 2-0 dec. vs. Rusty Farnsworth (Western Wyoming); won 4-2 dec. over Matt Foxworthy (unatt.); lost 3-0 dec. to Christian Flavin (unatt.); finished second.
Trey Saxon lost 10-1 major dec. to Noomis Jones (Adams State); lost 4-2 dec. to Joseph Stafford (Air Force).
Jesse Feinsod pinned Jameon Rush (Hastings), 4:23; lost by pin to Shane Onufer (Wyoming), 1:00; wins by 19-2 tech. fall vs. Andre Harris (unatt.); wins by 11-3 major dec. vs. Hintz Dallas (Wyoming); wins by 5-3 dec. vs. Nate Lee (Boise State); loses by pin to Alex Rieder (Wyoming), 1:19; finished fourth.
Jesse Boggs won 4-1 dec. vs. Jacob Scharbrough (Wyoming); won 7-3 dec. vs. Brad Fraser (University of Great Plains); won 8-4 dec. vs. Brandon Hudiburgh (unatt.); loses 1-0 dec. to Landon Harris (NW Wyoming CC); finished second overall.