December 14, 2011

Grapplers split at Fighting Camel Duals

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – In the first duals of the 2011-12 season, the Northern Colorado wrestling team split matches at the Fighting Camel Duals. The Bears lost 26-11 to Drexel in the afternoon bout, then bounced back for a 20-19 win over host Campbell.

Sophomore Cody McAninch started the Bears off on the right foot in both matches. Against Drexel, he won an 8-3 decision over Niccolo Becattini and then had a major decision win over TeShaun Johnson to begin the Campbell dual.

Seniors Casey Cruz and Gabe Burak also won both bouts. Cruz won a 6-3 decision over Drexel's Frank Cimato, who is ranked #20 this week by Intermat and won a 6-5 decision against Jordan Tolbert.

Burak, ranked 11th by Intermat, had a pair of bonus point wins for the Bears. He posted a tech fall over Anson Worrell in 5:16 (23-11) and then a major decision win against Nick Rex, 11-0.

Those three were the only victors against the Dragons, but freshman Jesse Meis pinned Grabiel Soto in 1:23 at 125 pounds and sophomore Sam Bauer won a 6-0 decision over Tanner Bidelspach at 133 pounds for the nightcap team win.

The Bears take a break for the holiday season, returning to the mat on Jan. 6 at Northern Iowa in the Western Wrestling Conference opener.

Drexel 26, Northern Colorado 11
184: Cody McAninch (NC) dec. Niccolo Becattini (DU) 8-3 (0-3)
197: Brandon Palik (DU) major dec. Mark Morrill (NC) 9-1  (4-3)
285: Kyle Frey (DU) major dec. Henry Chirino (NC) 9-1  (8-3)
125: Michael Gomez (DU) major dec. Jesse Meis (NC) 6-2 (11-3)
133: Josh Yurasits (DU) dec. Sam Bauer (NC) 10-9  (14-3)
141: Casey Cruz (NC) dec. #20 Frank Cimato (DU) 6-3  (14-6)
149: Shane Fenningham (DU) dec. Jacob Milewski (NC) 6-3 (17-6)
157: Austin Sommer (DU) pinned Charlie McMartin (NC) 3:55 (23-6)
165: #11 Gabe Burak (NC) tech fall Anson Worrell (DU) 5:16 (23-11)
174: Alex Rinaldi (DU) dec. Josh Van Tine (NC) 5-2  (26-11)

Northern Colorado 20, Campbell 19
184: Cody McAninch (NC) major TeShaun Johnson (CU) dec. 8-0
197: John Weakley (CU) pinned Mark Morrill (NC) 0:29
285: Joe Nolan (CU) dec. Henry Chirino (NC) 4-1
125: Jesse Meis (NC) pinned Grabiel Soto (CU) 1:23
133: Sam Bauer (NC) dec. Tanner Bidelspach (CU) 6-0
141: Casey Cruz (NC) dec. Jordan Tolbert (CU) 6-5
149: Mark Hartenstine (CU) dec. Justin Gonzalez (NC) 2-0
157: Ryan Krecker (CU) dec. Charlie McMartin (NC) 14-9
165: #11 Gabe Burak (NC) major dec. Nick Rex (CU) 11-0
174: James Cook major dec. Josh Van Tine (NC) 19-10