Western State Athletics
No. 7 Kyle O’Brien recorded a first-period technical fall to kickoff four bonus point victories for No. 9 Western State (9-5 / 5-1 RMAC) as the Mountaineers picked up a 30-11 victory against Colorado Mines (3-2 / 3-2 RMAC).
Western State recorded two pins, one technical fall and one major decision on top of three decisions tonight, and won its 11th consecutive match against the Orediggers in the all-time series.
O’Brien opened with a takedown and then scored nine points on three three-point near falls within a one minute span to take an 11-0 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the first period. He added a two-point near fall with 33 seconds left in the opening period to take a 13-0 lead, and another two-point nearfall scored his third technical fall of the season in his eighth consecutive win of the season in 2:45.
Jesse Cruz won a 5-2 decision at 133 pounds and Cody Cole picked up a major decision as the Mountaineers jumped out to a 12-0 lead after three matches. The Orediggers responded with two major decisions and one decision at the next three weight classes to cut the margin to 12-11 after 165 pounds.
Jorge Benitez tied the 174 pound match early in the third period with an escape, and took a 3-1 lead after a takedown with 1:02 remaining that led to a fall four seconds later. No. 2 Charlie Pipher followed with his own pin at 184 pounds in 4:19 to secure the Mountaineer victory at 24-11.
No. 1 Donovan McMahill was on his way to the major decision at 197 pounds before Mines’ Brennan Kneer managed the escape with five seconds to make it a regular decision at 12-5. No. 3 Charlie Alexander capped the night with a 9-3 decision, helped by two takedowns and an escape in the second period.