The Wright stuff

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By Dave Kavanaugh

For the second time in as many weeks, New Mexico Highlands 125-pounder Seth Wright conquered the No. 1 wrestler in the nation in his weight class.

This week’s upset came Thursday night in a 5-0 shutout of Tommy Edgmon of Fort Hays State. Wright’s win was one of just two for the Cowboys that night, as NMHU hosted its long-awaited first home event of the season but lost 31-9.

Wright took a 2-0 edge to the final period but doubled it and frustrated Edgmon with his defense and quickness.

A week earlier, Wright had knocked off Adams State’s Arsenia Barksdale on the road in Alamosa, Colo. The veteran Barksdale was at that point the No. 1 125-pounder in NCAA Division II, but the defeat enabled Edgmon to slip into the No. 1 position.

NMHU’s only other win Thursday vs. No. 17 Fort Hays was scored by heavyweight Jesse Boggs. Boggs pinned Justin Glenn at the 6:27 mark.

FHSU, who’d go on to stun No. 14 Adams State, racked up four major decisions.

Wright and Boggs also led the Cowboys the next day in a dual against 11th ranked Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos, who’d beaten Highlands 36-9 a week earlier at the Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Texas, won 37-9 this time around.

Wright defeated Casy Rowell, the No. 8 grappler in the class, by a 5-0  score. The victory avenged an earlier bout that went Rowell’s way.

Boggs replicated the previous night’s feat, pinning the Bronchos’ big man Keegan Hulsey at 1:38 in the first period.

Jarrod Purvis, NMHU’s 165-pounder, came close to giving his team a third win. He lost 5-4 to Derrick Adkins. Daniel Perales, Highlands’ 141-pounder, also had a close loss, 5-3 against Michael Walkup.

Highlands, coached by Doug Moses, wrestles Grand Canyon on Feb. 5 at the Wilson Complex.