(Neb.)- CSC Wrestlers To Enter Midland Tourney
CHADRON, Neb. -- Approximately 15 Chadron State College wrestlers will be competing at the Viking-Warrior Open Tournament hosted by Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, on Saturday to help wrap up the Old Year.
The Eagles also entered the tourney last year along with more than 30 other teams ranging from NCAA Division I to community colleges.
Despite the tough competition a year ago, eight CSC grapplers placed among the top four in their weight classes. They include current Eagles Brock Thumm, who finished third at 141 pounds, and Johnny Porter, who was fourth at 157.
So far in 2017, the youthful Eagles have been competitive while entering four tournaments and a couple of duals.
Chance Karst, a redshirt freshman from Powell, Wyo., has a 12-5 record to lead the Eagles.
Close behind is Thumm, a junior from Watervliet, Michigan, who is 10-4 after going 5-0 while winning the 141-pound weight class at the Doane Tournament on Dec. 9. The championship also netted Thumm the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Wrestler of the Week honors.
Heavyweight Rulon Taylor of Curtis, Nebraska, also has reached double figures in wins at 10-5 after going 4-1 at Doane.
Also, Jacob DeSersa of Hot Springs, S.D., is 8-4 at 149 during his first year of competition with the Eagles.
Other team members and their records include Porter, a junior from Bellevue, Nebraska, 5-5 at 167; Heber Shepherd of Spanish Fork, Utah, 7-8 at 184; Josh Miller of Bennett, Colorado, 6-9 at 141; and Jacob Otuafi of Sparks, Nevada, at 4-7.
Otuafi lost his first six matches after transferring to Chadron State this fall, but won four of five at Doane to place third in his weight class.
Wrestling on Saturday is to begin at 9 a.m. CT, or 8 a.m. MT, in Fremont. No live feeds or broadcasts were set as of Wednesday.
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