19th-ranked Tigers blaze to 36-17 win at Adams State

Fort Hays State University wrestling blazed its way to a 36-17 dual win at Adams State on Wednesday in an event that took less than 45 minutes. The 19th-ranked Tigers finished their dual campaign at 8-6 overall. Only seven matches were wrestled in the dual as Adams State was open at two weights and FHSU was open at one.

Only two of the seven matches went the full time length as bonus points were awarded at eight of 10 possible weights. Fort Hays State did have to overcome an early five-point deficit in the match, but took just a couple of matches to get their lead back.

Bradley Little started the dual at 157 pounds with a fall at 5:53 on Jacob Deguero, putting the Tigers up 6-0 out of the gate. However, Adams State countered with a tech fall and fall back-to-back to seize an 11-6 lead. Justin Samora won 15-0 over Kregg Clarke at 165 pounds and Mark Mabry got a fall at 1:59 against Jace Nordyke.

Eighth-ranked Jon Inman immediately pulled the Tigers within one in the dual at 184 pounds, scoring a 15-5 major decision over Mario Garcia. Cash Drylie put the Tigers back into the lead for good with a 6-2 decision at 197 pounds over Amer Tipura. Fifth-ranked Trey Page continued his heavyweight dominance by breezing to a 17-1 tech fall over Austin Andrade, pushing the Tiger advantage to 18-11 in the dual. A pair of forfeit wins ensued for the Tigers, Adam Ludwin at 125 pounds and Garrett Jones at 133 pounds, putting the dual out of reach at 30-11.

Eighth-ranked Noah Killip put an exclamation on the big win at 141 pounds with a fall at 2:37 over JC Henderson. The Tigers decided to go open at 149 pounds and the dual ended at 36-17 in favor of FHSU.

FHSU nearly doubled its score with bonus points in the dual. FHSU won seven matches, worth a minimum of 21, but added 15 bonus points.

The Tigers now turn their focus to the MIAA Tournament on Sunday in Warrensburg, Mo., at the UCM Multipurpose Building. The tournament is set to get underway at 10 a.m.


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