NMHU wrestler vaults to No. 1

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By The Staff

After knocking off two different wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the nation this season, Seth Wright is finally getting his turn at the top.

Wright, New Mexico Highlands University’s 125-pounder, this past week ascended to the No. 1 ranking within his weight class in NCAA Division II, NMHU’s sports information office reported.

Wright is a two-time RMAC Wrestler of the Week this season.

En route to earning the No. 1 spot Wright accumulated a 10-2 record, a percentage of .833, and tallied two pins, the NMHU athletics Web site noted. One loss came from a forfeit during an early tournament and the other was to Central Oklahoma’s Casy Rowell. Rowell defeated Wright 4-0 and Wright later returned the favor in front of a roaring home crowd and beat Rowell with a score of 4-0.

Early on in the season Wright had a huge win against Adam State College’s Arsenia Barksdale, the current defending national champion and then-No. 1 man at 125. Wright sailed through that match, winning 9-4. Barksdale has been the only RMAC wrestler who has been able to score on Wright and he has held his opponents scoreless in his last five appearances.

Wright later posted a win against Fort Hays State University’s Tommy Edgmon, who was ranked first nationally at the time. Wright won the match with a score of 5-0.

“Seth has been working hard toward his goal of becoming a national champion,” said NMHU head coach Doug Moses in a news release. “He has beaten some of the top wrestlers during the year but needs to come out big at the national tournament, which is where it counts. He is without question a contender.”