By FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION
KEARNEY, Neb. – The Fort Hays State wrestling team was unable to overcome early deficits in both duals at the Midwest Duals in Kearney on Saturday (Jan. 22). The Tigers (3-5) fell to No. 14 Adams State 30-15 before suffering a narrow defeat against Western Colorado, 23-19. 8th-ranked Marty Verhaeghe (184 pounds) and No. 12 Tereus Henry (197 pounds) both won a pair of matches on the day.
The Tigers fell behind early against Adams State, with the Grizzlies winning the first seven matchups. FHSU grabbed some momentum going into the second dual of the day with wins in the final three bouts after Verhaeghe got the Tigers on the board with a second-period pin. Henry followed with a 7-3 decision before Tony Caldwell pinned his opponent in just 43 seconds.
Tom VanValkenburg got things going a little quicker for the Tigers in the second match with a second-round pin at 133 pounds, tying things up at 6-6 after an FHSU forfeit at 125 pounds. The Mountaineers won the next two weights with a major decision and a decision putting the Mountaineers up 13-6. Anthony Scantlin put the Tigers within four with a 2-0 decision at 157 pounds, but the Mountaineers took the next two matches with a major decision and a pin to go up 23-9. The Tigers fought back once again with wins in the final three matches, including a 4-3 decision for Verhaeghe, a 10-1 major decision from Henry and a 2-0 decision from A.J. Cooper. But the rally came up just a few points short, with Western winning 23-19.
The Tigers will be back in action Thursday (Jan. 27) when they take on No. 24 Newman in Wichita for their first conference dual of the season beginning at 7 p.m.
#14 Adams State 30, Fort Hays State 15
125 – #9 Isaiah DeLaCerda over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
133 – #10 Jonathan Andreatta over Tom VanValkenburg TF 15-0
141 – Angel Flores over Cole Zebley SV-1 6-4
149 – #4 Noah Hermosillo over Cason Lindsey Maj 8-0
157 – #6 Josiah Rider over Anthony Scantlin Dec 9-3
165 – Samuel Loera over Cody Hicks Dec 6-0
174 – Cody Lewis over Aidan Johnson Fall 4:58
184 – #8 Marty Verhaeghe over Ben Tonnessen Fall 4:18
197 – #12 Tereus Henry over Hunter Tobiasson Dec 7-3
285 – Tony Caldwell over Aiden Butler Fall 0:43
Western Colorado 23, Fort Hays State 23-19
125 – Cody Fatzinger over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
133 – Tom VanValkenburg over Zack Flowers Fall 3:55
141 – #10 Dean Noble over Cole Zebley Maj 13-4
149 – Jason Hanenberg over Cason Lindsey Dec 4-0
157 – Anthony Scantlin over Ryan Wilson Dec 2-0
165 – Hunter Mullin over Cody Hicks Maj 15-5
174 – Cole Hernandez over Clint Herrick Fall 7:03
184 – #8 Marty Verhaeghe over Cole Gray Dec 4-3
197 – #12 Tereus Henry over Porter Fox Maj 10-1
285 – A.J. Cooper over Sammy Deseriere Dec 2-0