Sixth-ranked Grand Canyon comes back to sweep Grand Canyon Duals
PHOENIX -- Sixth-ranked Grand Canyon won all four of its matches at the Grand Canyon University Duals at GCU Arena on Saturday.
Ten teams participated in the event, including No. 3 St. Cloud State and No. 14 Colorado Mesa.
GCU picked up two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victories, beating Chadron State 26-15 and Colorado School of Mines 26-13. The Antelopes came from behind to earn a 22-19 victory against Minnesota State Moorhead and wrapped up the day with a 45-6 win against Minot State.
“We’ve got to be more consistent as a group,” GCU head coach R.C. LaHaye said. “We’ve got to get all 10 of our guys on the same page.”
The Antelopes trailed 16-6 midway through the match against MSU Moorhead, but rallied back with big wins from Juan Carlos Maynes (165), Brett Sanchez (184), Marcus Haughian (184/197) and Tyrell Fortune (285).
“Everything that could go against us did and we found a way to pull it out,” LaHaye said. “It really shows some character as a group to pull it out.”
In the match, GCU lost two one-point decisions and lost what looked to be at least a nine-point swing when 2012 All-American Bobby Ward had to withdraw due to injury.
Fortune went 3-0 on the day with three pins, all in the first period. Defending 125-class national champion Kyle McCrite went 4-0 on the day with two wins by decisions and two forfeits. Wrestling for the first time in more than a year, Wyoming transfer Mike Hamel went 3-1 at 141.
Haughian, a redshirt freshman, went 2-0. Peter Anguiano won impressively at 20-5 in his lone match. Martin Fabbian went 2-1 at 174. Sanchez and 133-pounder Lino Estrada, who was wrestling for the first time this season, went 2-2 on the day.
Ryan Miller won his lone match at 165. Aurel Dan had a victory by forfeit and Austen Moore had one win at 157.
“We saw some good things and some bad things,” LaHaye said on his team’s day.
Other teams participating Saturday included California Baptist, Simon Fraser and Western State.