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Grizzly grapplers nip Highlands

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In hoops, Cowgirls lose by 2; Cowboys win 16th of season

By Dave Kavanaugh

New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team won four of 10 matches Thursday night and fell one maneuver short of another against a solid Adams State squad.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual meet was only the second home event of the season for NMHU and one of only four overall to be held at the Wilson Complex.

Coach Doug Moses’ Cowboys  (3-9-1, 1-4-1 RMAC) host Chadron State (6-3, 3-0) on Friday night at 7. After that, the last chance to see the NMHU grapplers in Las Vegas will be Feb. 14, when Colorado State-Pueblo comes to town.

On Thursday, the Grizzlies (4-1-1, 4-1) swept the lighter weights, building a 14-0 lead in the dual.

Then in the 149-pound match, Trey Saxon snapped the Adams State streak. Saxon pinned Nick Dionisio just 42 seconds into the match to secure six team points.

Belen native Nick Sanchez was next to register an individual win for the Cowboys. Sanchez turned in a breakthrough performance for a 7-3 decision over Omar Gonzalez in the 157-pound bout.

Two matches later, 174-pounder Jesse Feinsod — rebounding from defeat last weekend against No. 2 ranked Marty Usman of Nebraska-Kearney — put on another technically brilliant show. Feinsod scored a 20-5 technical fall over Don Medina; the match was stopped at the 3:55 mark in the third period.

Feinsod’s triumph for his 14th win in 18 matches this season narrowed the team score to 17-14 with three matches left. But after Andrew Roden’s 16-0 technical fall loss to Kyle Sand at 184, the pivotal contest was Luke McPeek’s against Torben Walters at 197.

That match went back and forth, one counter after another, eventually being tied at 12-12 late in the third period. The Grizzly wrenched himself loose for a one-point escape with a couple seconds left in regulation, snatching a 13-12 decision.

Then, in the heavyweight division, Jesse Boggs had his hand raised for NMHU after opponent Jeff Schossow was injured and unable to continue with 1:53 left in the first period.

Early in the evening, Highlands 133-pounder Donovan Troup had one of his better outings before falling 10-7 to Dominic Valencia in another close bout.

Adams State’s Raymond Dunning, the No. 1 rated 141-pounder in NCAA Division II, pinned Tyler Davey in 42 seconds to highlight the Grizzlies’ evening. Dunning has 98 career wins. and 21 this campaign No. 2 Arsenia Barksdale took a 16-0 technical fall against Edwin Soriano at 125. No. 2 Noomis Jones held off Jarrod Purvis 6-0 in the 165-pound contest.

NMHU notes: Highlands came up just a possession short of its first league victory in women’s basketball this season on Thursday night in Silver City. The Cowgirls lost 60-58 at Western New Mexico to fall to 2-19 and 0-13 in the RMAC.

NMHU’s Ashley Logan hit two foul shots to give her team a 58-57 edge with 39 seconds left. But Western’s Audra Major made a basket with 20 seconds left to regain control for the Mustangs (8-12, 6-6 ). Oliana Seanoa, back in the lineup for NMHU, led the Cowgirls with 13 points.

Also Thursday, the Highlands men (16-5, 10-3) won their fourth in a row, vanquishing WNMU 93-84.

Roman Andrade scored 30 to lead four Cowboys in double figures. Western fell to 8-12, 4-8.

NMHU sits atop the RMAC West division.