WSC Club Wrestlers Place Second During Regional Dual Competition, Post 36-11 Record In Contested Matches

WSC Club Wrestlers Place Second During Regional Dual Competition, Post 36-11 Record In Contested Matches
Courtesy of WSC Wrestling. Front (l to r): Ryan Zoucha-Fr-133 lb. Malcom; Ethan Fitzler-Sr-157 lb. Elkhorn; Hunter Weiss-Sr-149 lb. Beatrice and Tommy Nelson-Sr-141 lb. Oakland-Craig. Back (l to r): Greg Vander Weil Co-Head Coach Sioux City, Iowa; Nick Cramer-Soph-235 lb. Millard; Angel Rojo-Soph-285 lb. Schuyler; Tyson Cisneros-Sr-235 lb. Lincoln Pius; Dalton Sobotka-Soph-197 lb. Sioux Falls SD; Marcos Osorio-Fr-141 lb. West Point and Justin Smith Co-Head Coach Valentine.

SURPRISE, AZ – After competing in a handful of invites and opens throughout November into early December, the Wayne State College club wrestling program went back to work in late January.

WSC traveled to the campus of Ottawa University in Surprise, Arizona to compete in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Regional Duals Tournament on Saturday, January 25.

Wayne State entered the tournament as the #4 seed and came away with a runner-up finish. As a team, the ‘Cats went 5-1 in the round robin dual event while adding eight points to their team score for the NCWA Grand Nationals from Mach 12-14 in Allen, Texas.

WSC defeated #2 Dixie State (33-30) and the host, #3 Ottawa (34-24) while their only loss was to the #1 seed and champion University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) (39-24). Of the 39 points scored for UNLV, 24 points came from open weight classes as Wayne State dominated the competition with 36 wins to 11 loses during the dual tourney.

Wayne State also defeated University of North Texas (33-10), University of Arizona (42-18) and Colorado State (36-12).

The senior class led the team with Tyson Cisneros (235) who went 6-0 with five pins, locking down the final team scores on the upset wins and co-captains Hunter Weiss (149) and Ethan Fitzler (157) each going 5-1 on the day. Fellow senior Tommy Nelson (141) was also 5-1 for the event.

Freshman Ryan Zoucha joined the 5-1 club with a strong showing at 133.

Co-head coach Greg Vander Weil said, “a total team effort was needed for the team to secure the runner-up finish It was the best regular season team performance in (my) 12 years of coaching WSC Wildcat Wrestling.”

On top of the wrestling performance the team’s GPA is 3.235.

The Wayne State College club wrestling team will next compete in the Sioux City Open on Saturday, February 1 before traveling to Winona, Minnesota on Saturday, February 15. The Southwest Conference National Qualifier will be hosted by Richland Community College in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, February 29 with the NCWA Nationals being held in Allen, Texas in March.