Chadron State Shaves Bears' Grapplers, 27-7
GREELEY, Colo. -- The University of Northern Colorado wrestling team turned a loss into a big victory Friday despite what the scoreboard said at the end of the night. The Bears lost a dual match to Chadron State College, 27-7, but raised nearly 10,000 dollars for Zac's Legacy Foundation in the name of Dax Remple.
Many Bear fans will consider the shaving of head coach Jack Maughan's head as the highlight of the evening.
"This was a great way for our team to contribute back to the community," Maughan said. "I don't have much hair to begin with so I didn't think it was that big of a deal. Although some people joked with me beforehand that it is a risk if it doesn't grow back. Then I started to get nervous, but then I remembered we were doing it for Dax. Once you meet Dax and his family you realize how precious life can be and you just want to help the little guy out."
On the mat, Chadron State got on the board early with a 2-1 win from Seth Groff (125 lbs.) as he bested Kyle Kaiser on the strength of a riding time point. UNC bounced right back at 133 pounds as Kyle Swenson put on a quite a scoring show and tallied a 12-3 major decision over Chase Francis.
The Bears continued their winning ways at 141 pounds as Nathan Gerrard rallied for a 5-4 win over Ryan Hoffman. Gerrard trailed 4-1 early in the second period on a takedown by Hoffman. Gerrard escaped before the end of the period to trim the lead to 4-2. Gerrard then escaped to begin the third period and won the match with a takedown at just over a minute to go in the final stanza. Gerrard then rode out Hoffman to claim the Bears' second and what would prove to be the final UNC win of the evening. After Gerrard's victory, UNC led the dual 7-3.
Chadron State's Jared Webster (149 lbs.) pulled the Eagles to within 7-6 with a narrow 4-3 win over the Bears' Dustin Uhland. The match was tied 2-2 heading into the final period but Webster notched a takedown and allowed Uhland an escape for the only scoring in the third period.
The Eagles' Travis Peak (157 lbs.) continued the winning ways with a 7-3 win over UNC's Mikell Surber. Peak's victory gave Chadron State a 9-7 advantage heading into the intermission. CSC's Jordan Johnson (165 lbs.) notched a 17-7 major decision over UNC's Matt Archbold.
Jake Schluckebier (174 lbs.) scored an entertaining 12-11 win over the Bears' Zach Broughton. Broughton rallied from a 7-3 deficit at the end of the first period to tie the match 8-8 heading into the final period. Broughton fell behind early in the final period but appeared to tie the match with a reversal with under 30 seconds to play, but Schluckebier escaped and took the one-point victory.
Ben Holscher (184 lbs.) moved the Eagles' win streak to five matches in a row with a 14-5 major decision over UNC's Brian Lonsway. The victory by Holscher clinched the dual win for Chadron State.
Jake Rusher, an Ordway, Colo., native, scored a 14-4 major decision over UNC's Reece Hopkin at 197 pounds.
Heavyweight Cale Bickerdyke finished off the meet with a 9-5 win over UNC's new heavyweight Matt Sens. Sens joined the team two days ago to fill a need on the squad and put forth a good effort but could not gain the victory.
Chadron State improved to 2-2 on the season, while UNC fell to 2-3.
UNC will take to the road next week to take on Adams State on Thursday in Alamosa, Colo. UNC will also head to Golden, Colo., next Saturday to compete in the Colorado Collegiates. The Bears won the Colorado Collegiates in 2003 when UNC hosted the event.