Adams State Athletics

HAYS, Kan. – Freshman Mark Mabry, Jr. and junior Luke McPeek each recorded first-period wins by fall and the 17th-ranked Grizzlies received another pair by forfeit en route to scoring a 32-16 win against the 19th-ranked Fort Hays State (Kan.) Tigers in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) wresting action on Thursday afternoon.

ASC, which moved up one spot in the latest set of national rankings which were released Thursday, improve to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in RMAC duals with the win, while FHSU falls to 5-4 in duals with a 1-2 mark in conference match-ups.

Grizzly wrestlers scored victories in four of the matches seven contested bouts.

With a 26-13 lead against the Tigers and the team victory already in hand, McPeek needed only 32 seconds on the mat before dismissing of the FHSU 197-pounder Malcom Norris. The win improved McPeek’s mark this season to 18-5 overall and 9-1 in duals, and also gave him his sixth pin of the dual meet season. The pin was the fastest of his seven total wins by fall this season by more than two minutes, while being the Grizzlies' fastest of the season by 11 seconds.

At 174 pounds, Mabry scored his first win by fall of the season at the 2:36 mark to put Adams State up 26-10 and leave FHSU in need of three wins and at least one pin in the final three matches in order to grab the team victory.

Freshman Jerry Huff was dominant in putting the Grizzlies up 5-0 by way of a technical fall at 125 pounds in the first bout of the afternoon, improving his record to 7-8 this season and 6-4 in dual matches. Huff scored four near falls of the 3-point variety against the Tigers’ Rory Wilkinson, the last coming at the 6:28 mark to secure the win by technical fall (16-0).

Adams State then received victories by forfeit and both 133 and 141 pounds, building up a 17-0 lead, before Fort Hays got on the board due to a Grizzly forfeit at 149 pounds.

At 157 pounds, redshirt freshman Justin Samora allowed just two escapes, and scored a point for riding time, in a 6-2 victory against Derek Koehn. Samora improved his mark to 12-9 this season (7-3 in duals), while dropping Koehn to 22-14 on the season.

Wrestling for just the fifth time in the dual meet season, redshirt freshman Aaron Heredia faced off against the Tigers’ Travis Budke, ranked No.7 in Division II at 165 pounds. Heredia scored a trio of escapes, but was unable to generate much offense in a loss by major decision (15-3).

Sophomore Taylor Stam entered the third period knotted up at 3-3 in the heavyweight bout, but FHSU’s scored an escape to snatch a 4-3 win to make the final 32-16.