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.