Chadron State took 22 wrestlers with them this weekend as the competed in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Open. Wade French and Tate Allison lead the way for the Eagles. French a Junior 197 pounder from Utah, went 2-1 losing by injury default in the finals to Jayden Woodruff from Utah Valley. Allison went 3-1 on the day. The Junior from Wyoming fell to Nebraska native Billy Higgins 8-3 in the 165 pound final. The other two placers for the Eagles came at Heayweight. In an all Eagle match up, Sophomore Alex Mai defeated Freshman Mason Watt by Injury Default.
Many other Chadron State wrestlers did pick up wins along the way Saturday. Senior Heber Shephard went two and two. Senior Johnny Porter from Bellevue West went four and two. Junior Chase Clasen went two and two. Finally Junior Brandon Kile, from Hastings, went three and two. The four of them all fell just short of a medal as they fell in consolation semi-finals. Among the other wrestlers to pick up wins were; Clay Eagle, Chance Karst, Brock Thumm, Matt Hebel, Aspen Naylor, Jay Westcott, Terry Winstead and Andrew Wilson.
Other wrestlers who competed were Nebraska natives, Joe Ritzen from Chadron, Caleb Haskell from Madison, and Eli Hinijosa from Chase County. Tucker Allison, Jake Utuafi, and Joe Taylor also competed. The Eagles will have two weeks off now as the prepare for the NCAA Division 2 Regional in Kearney on February 23.