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Crowley Leads Mines At Old Chicago Open

Crowley Leads Mines At Old Chicago Open

GREELEY – For the second time in as many weeks, the Colorado School of Mines wrestling team was led at an open tournament by freshman John Crowley, who recorded a second-place finish in the 157-pound bracket at the Old Chicago Open in Greeley on Saturday. 

Crowley posted a 3-1 record during the day, including a 19-4 technical fall victory over Dixon Richins of Western Wyoming C.C. in his first match of the day.

He then posted a major decision over Cugar Babin by a 10-2 score before adding a 9-5 decision over Sam Kreimier of Colorado State to move to the championship bout. 

Looking for his second open title in as many weeks, Crowley was narrowly bested by Trevor Donarski of Colorado Mesa (UNAT), who escaped with a 6-5 decision which left Crowley with runner-up honors. 

Senior Ryan Swanson posted his third-straight, fourth-place finish after posting a 4-2 record at 184 pounds. He opened with a first-round pinfall victory over Dustin Christensen of WWCC before adding a second pinfall victory, this time over Caleb Brown of Colorado Mesa (UNAT), also in the first round. 

He then suffered his first loss of the day by a 7-0 decision in the semifinals to Nick Bayer of Northern Colorado which moved him to the consolation bracket.

There, he got back in the win column with a first-round pin over Keith Johnson of Northern Colorado to move to the third-place match. 

He suffered a loss by a 6-3 decision in the third-place bout to end his day in fourth for the third-consecutive tournament. 

Alex MacKenzie finished in fifth-place at HWT with a record of 3-2 record, while Sean Burroughs added a fifth-place finish as well at 157 with a record of 4-2.

Cory Carter rounded out the place winners for Mines with a sixth-place finish at 125 pounds with a 3-3 record. 

The squad will next be in action on December 1 when it takes part in the Bob Smith Open in Hays, Kan. 

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