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Crowley, Wilson Claim Titles At CMU Open

Crowley, Wilson Claim Titles At CMU Open

GRAND JUNCTION – A pair of first-place finishes by freshmen John Crowley and Paul Wilson highlighted action for the Colorado School of Mines wrestling team at the Colorado Mesa Open on Saturday in Grand Junction. 

Crowley claimed his first collegiate tournament title in the 157-pound bracket by cruising to a 5-0 record, including three wins by pinfall. He opened with a second-period pin over Juan Alvarado of New Mexico Highlands before adding a pinfall victory over Bobby Davis of Colorado Mesa in his second matchup. 

He added his third win via pinfall in as many matches with a first-period topping of Austin Harris of Western State in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Crowley posted a 9-4 decision over Nick Swanson of CMU to book his trip to the finals. Crowley kept the momentum going and emerged victorious in the championship bout with a 10-5 decision over Trevor Donarski of Colorado Mesa. 

Wilson posted a similar day in the 197-pound bracket with a 4-0 record, including victories via two major decisions, a tech fall and a pinfall. He opened with a 13-0 major decision over No. 5 Chris Leak of Chadron State before posting a 10-2 major over Francisco Bernal of NMHU in the quarterfinal round. 

He then added an 18-2 tech fall over Brendan Vinyard of CMU to advance to the finals. In the Championship bout, Wilson posted a first-round pinfall victory over Jack Carda of Air Force Academy to claim his first collegiate tournament title. 

Redshirt freshman Justin Frazer finished second in the 165-pound bracket with a 3-1 record on Saturday. He opened with a bye, and advanced to the second round where he posted a pinfall victory over Caleb Wyatt of CMU to advance to the quarterfinals. There, the Lakewood native added another pinfall win, this time over Tyler Mergen of AFA, to book a semifinal bout, and then added a 6-5 decision over Tyler Miles of CMU to advance to the championship round. There, he was defeated by Jessie Hoffschneider of CMU via a 12-3 major decision to finish second. 

Fellow rookie Luis Gurule finished fourth in the 125-pound bracket with a 5-2 record. After suffering an opening-round 13-0 major decision loss to Chasen Tolbert of Utah Valley, Gurule rattled off five-straight wins, including a 7-3 decision over teammate Ryan Adams, and a tech fall win over Zak Baker of Western Wyoming CC. Gurule added a second-period pinfall win over Drew Greer of Northern Colorado in the fourth round of the consolation bracket, and an 11-7 decision over Adrian Avelar of WWCC in the fifth-round of the consolation bracket. He picked up a forfeit victory over Braken Nipko of Utah Valley to move to the third-place bout, where he fell by a 10-7 decision to finish fourth. 

Senior Ryan Swanson also finished fourth with a 4-2 record at 184, including a 5-0 decision over Garrett Stowall of CMU in the first round. He then suffered a 6-5 loss to Igor Gomzin of NMHU in the quarterfinals to move to the consolation bracket. There, he posted three-straight wins to move to the third-place match where he again faced Gomzin, and lost a 12-4 major decision to finish fourth. 

Chance Davis took the same route as Swanson to his fourth-place finish at 174 with an opening round victory  to move to the quarterfinal round. There, he lost to No. 2 Elliot Copeland of Western State by a 15-4 major decision to move to the consolation bracket. He posted three-straight victories to book a third-place bout, but fell to Easton Hargrave of NMHU to finish in fourth. 

The squad will next be in action on Saturday, November 17, at the UNC Open in Greeley, Colo. 


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