Wolves handle Cowboys 32-3

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Igor Gomzin’s last wrestling match at the Wilson Complex ended with the Russian’s arm raised in victory.

Gomzin was the lone grappler from host New Mexico Highlands to break through Wednesday night in a 32-3 dual-meet loss to Colorado State-Pueblo.

In the 184-pound weight class, with the meet’s outcome not in doubt, Gomzin carved out a 6-2 decision against Augie DeSantis.

CSUP boasted a couple of nationally ranked wrestlers coming into the dual, one of the last before regionals. Both of those grapplers delivered for the ThunderWolves.

At 157, Ray Hall, the No. 8 ranked man in NCAA Division II, held on for a 10-6 verdict over Jesse Martinez, a freshman from Santa Fe.

A couple weight classes later, Trevor Grant, the No. 7 ranked 174-pounder, scored a technical fall against Easton Hargrave, putting the match away 22-7 and elevating the Wolves’ team advantage to a clean 26-0.

Then Gomzin broke the ice for the Cowboys to avert the shutout.

NMHU came close to two wins in a row after a nailbiter at 197, but CSUP’s Riley Argyle pulled off a narrow 12-10 verdict over Justin Rockhill.

Then at heavyweight, Niko Bogojevic prevailed 5-2 against Cody Marquez, a redshirt freshman from Albuquerque.

CSUP opened the dual with seven uninterrupted wins.

Tim Urenda defeated Erick Rangel, a sophomore from Santa Teresa, 8-2 to start the night with a win in the 125-pound class.

Eric Hughes pinned Tre Humphrey at the 1:07 mark to win at 133.

Two other recent crowd-pleasers for NMHU, Dan Gaylor and Pierce Stowman, lost narrow verdicts at 141 and 149.

Gaylor fell to Jimmy Chase 5-3, and Stowman lost to Justin Gonzales 2-0 in a defensive showdown.

Sandwiched between the successful appearances of nationally ranked Wolves Hall and Grant, CSUP’s Matt Addington held off Juan Alvarado for a 5-2 tally at 165.

Notes: Wednesday’s dual made a bit of history, as it was streamed live over the internet via Pro View Networks. While NMHU football and basketball are regularly in webcasts, it’s a first for Cowboy wrestling.