Gonzales Wins Battle Of Weld County Wrestlers; Team Falls To #3 Oklahoma State
GREELEY, Colo. - In a battle of Weld County talent, Northern Colorado freshman Justin Gonzales came out on top over third-ranked Oklahoma State in a rare Friday afternoon wrestling dual. Gonzales scored the only team points for the Bears (1-12), who lost 41-3 to the Cowboys (9-3-1) in front of 927 fans.
Gonzales, a 149 pound freshman from Greeley, won an exciting 3-2 decision over OSU junior Quinten Fuentes from Johnstown in the fourth bout of the afternoon. With the win, Gonzales improves to 4-7 on the season after posting a 16-4 record unattached early in the tournament season.
"Justin was ready to go," said Head Coach Ben Cherrington. "I know there's - I don't want to say bad blood - but the old Northridge (High School) vs Roosevelt (High School) rivalry came out there and Justin was ready."
Oklahoma State had nationally ranked wrestlers in the other eight bouts contested, winning all eight and scoring bonus points in five.
"I told the whole team - there's no reason to show these guys any respect," said Cherrington. "You guys have put the work in and go out there to win - go out there to compete. I think for the most part we did that today up and down the line guys fought. We were outclassed talent wise but we gave ourselves opportunities to win matches."
The afternoon started with senior Tony Mustari (125) dropping a close 6-2 decision to 10th-ranked Chris Notte. There was no scoring in the first period and the tally was tied 2-2 after five minutes, but Notte recorded an escape, takedown and riding time for the 6-2 final.
At 141 pounds, senior Kenny Hashimoto faced third-ranked Jamal Parks in another tightly contested dual that had fans on both sides leaving their seats. At the final whistle, Parks had the 11-8 decision.
"The score doesn't indicate what kind of match it was," concluded Cherrington. "My guys, they scrapped, they made them (OSU) fight for every point they got and they made it a good match. I think it was a good dual for the fans."
The Bears now leave for Lincoln, Neb., to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday in a 1:00 p.m. dual (Central time).
125 - #10 Chris Notte (OSU) dec. Tony Mustari,
133 - #5 Jordan Oliver (OSU) tech. fall Casey Cruz, 21-5 (4:45)
141 - #3 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Kenny Hashimoto, 11-8
149 - Justin Gonzales (NC) dec. Quinten Fuentes, 3-2
157 - #17 Neal Erisman (OSU) dec. Justin Gaethje, 7-0
165 - #9 Alex Meade (OSU) maj. dec. Kevin O'Brien, 12-4
174 - #7 Mike Benefiel (OSU) tech. fall Brandon Kammerzell, 20-3 (5:15)
184 - #10 Clayton Foster (OSU) fall Patrick Prentice, 3:28
197 - #7 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) wins by forfeit
285 - #1 Jaren Rosholt (OSU) fall Justin Tuell, 2:02