ALAMOSA, Colo. — Wrestling in front of a home crowd for the first time this season, No. 11 Adams State secured the team victory in the final bout for the second time in a week as Josh Hensley recorded his third consecutive win by technical fall to give the Grizzlies a 21-19 victory against No. 15 Fort Hays State at Plachy Hall.
With the win Adams State improves to 3-0 overall and in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) action, while the Tigers slip to 3-2 overall and an even 2-2 in league action.
For Hensley, the match-securing victory was his second of the season, as he did the same in ASC’s league opener against Chadron State. The senior, ranked fourth in the nation at 149 pounds and now 3-0 in dual meets this season, led 11-0 at the end of the first period following a takedown and a trio of near falls. After choosing to start on the bottom in the second, Henlsey needed just 42 seconds to score a reversal and his fourth near fall of the bout to claim a 16-0 win by technical fall.
Adams State trailed by 10 points at 16-6 when sophomore 125-pounder Jerry Huff stepped to the mat, beginning a string of bonus-point wins for ASC. Huff scored his second fall of the season and, like Hensley, improved to 3-0 in dual meets with a pin over FHSU’s Colin Hase in four minutes and 48 seconds.
In the next match, 133-pound junior Ryan Fillingame tied the team score at 16-16. Fillingame, the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the weight class in Division II, led a tight match through two periods, taking a 4-0 advantage. But a late onslaught of points, started off by a point for stalling on the Tigers’ Kyle Johnson, and a takedown, a 2-point near fall and a point for riding time gave Fillingame an 11-0 victory.
Fort Hays State pulled ahead by three with a win at 141 pounds, as CJ Napier sneaked a 4-2 victory against the Grizzlies’ Casey Lynn. But it was a short-lived lead before Hensley put the meet away.
In the night’s opening match at 157 pounds, Grizzly sophomore Daniel Kelly put Adams State on the board first in thrilling fashion. Kelly trailed 4-1 entering the third period, but took a 1-point lead at 5-4 after an escape, penalty point for stalling and takedown with just seconds remaining. But FHSU’s Derek Koehn was awarded a point for 2:45 of riding time to send the match into overtime. Kelly didn’t need long, scoring a takedown inside the first 30 seconds of the extra period, and ASC led 3-0 after the first match.
ASC fell behind 3-13 before second-ranked 197-pounder Luke McPeek got the Grizzlies on the board again. McPeek was down 4-6 against Tanner Kriss entering the third period, when the Adams State senior elected to start neutral. McPeek scored a takedown to tie the match, and squeaked out a 7-6 victory thanks to 2:22 of riding time.