WWCC Wrestling Returns Home for Monday Dual Against Colby


ROCK SPRINGS – After seeing success at the Northwest Open this weekend, the Western Wyoming Community College Mustang wrestlers return to Rushmore Floor Monday night against Colby College. The dual begins at 7 p.m.

At the Northwest Open, the Mustangs had 11 wrestlers finish with fourth place or higher. Matt Hebel led the way with a first-place finish. Ryan Winger, Aspen Naylor and Shane French all battled to second-place finishes in Powell.

“The Northwest Open was good for us at this point in our season,” WWCC Head Coach Art Castillo said. “November is a grinder, typically. Although we needed the mat time, it was good to not get a bunch of matches. It was a very small tournament in terms of numbers and we did see some success.”

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Cole Verner sat out at the Northwest Open as a precaution after suffering a wrist injury early in the season. Castillo said Verner will be ready to go Monday against Colby.

With the Northwest Open in the rear-view mirror, the Mustangs now focus on Colby College. Colby comes into Monday night’s dual ranked 20th in the nation.

“Colby comes to town ranked No. 20 nationally and we need to be ready,” Castillo continued. “They are an NJCAA perennial power year after year.  They are well coached and have some real talent.  Having a 48-hour weigh-in essentially, is something that is also new to our guys so we will see how they handle that Monday night. I am hopeful that the nerves won’t be there like they were against Northwest and we can open up and perform well.

The Mustangs had a short workout Sunday in preparation for Colby.

“We had an afternoon workout Sunday and we talked about a few things in preparation for Monday night’s dual. We are very young, as talented as we are, we are very young. Eight of 10 starters are freshman so we are going to make mistakes. Knowing that, we have to be open to taking risks and embrace the process. We are essentially three weeks into our careers for most our guys and we are still learning. We aren’t losing matches because we are outclassed, that is certain, We just need more match experience and that will come.”

This is the second home dual of the year for the Mustangs and coach is looking forward to another large turnout.

“I am also hopeful that our Sweetwater County fans will be out in support like they were in our opener- that was awesome,” Castillo said.


Northwest Open 2016 Results

Open 125 – Andrew Maldonado’s place is 4th – 2.00 team points.
Round 1 – Matthew Barfuss (Northwest) over Maldonado (Fall 3:36)
Round 2 – Mark McConnell (Wyoming) over Maldonado (Fall 4:59)
Round 3 – Tony DeCesare (Air Force Prep) over Maldonado (Fall 1:48)

Open 133 – Andrew Astle’s place is 3rd – 6.00 team points.

Round 1 – Montorie Bridges (Wyoming) over Astle (Fall 4:40)
Round 2 – Max Stevens (Wyoming) over Astle (Dec 7-4)
Round 3 – Astle over David Yagong (Unattached) (Fall 0:45)

Open 141 – Kenny Astle’s place is 4th – 4.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Astle received a bye
Semifinal – Ben Hornickle (Wyoming) over Astle (Fall 2:27)
Cons. Semi – Astle over Mario Kastl (Air Force Prep) (Fall 2:22)
3rd Place Match – Ryan Brasdshaw (Unattached) won by medical forfeit

Open 141 – Miguel Ramos’s place is unknown 
Quarterfinal – Ben Hornickle (Wyoming)  over Ramos (TF4 18-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Ramos received a bye
Cons. Semi – Ryan Brasdshaw (Unattached) over Ramos (Dec 8-5)

Open 149 – Andy Larsen’s place is unknown – 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Larsen received a bye
Quarterfinal – Jake Elliott (Wyoming) over Larsen (Fall 1:14)
Cons. Round 2 – Larsen received a bye
Cons. Round 3 – Larsen over Austin Waters (Unattached) (Fall 2:00)
Cons. Semi – Freeman (WWCC) over Larsen (Fall 2:36)

Open 149 – German Prudencio’s place is unknown
Round 1 – Terence Perkins (AF Prep) over Prudencio (Dec 15-8)
Cons. Round 1 – Prudencio received a bye
Cons. Round 2 – Ky Webb (WWCC) over Prudencio (Maj 15-5)

Open 149 – Samuel Freeman’s place is 4th – 8.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Freeman received a bye
Quarterfinal – Freeman over Austin Guymon (Unattached) (Fall 4:32)
Semifinal – Garrett Wood (Northwest) over Freeman (Dec 15-9)
Cons. Semi – Freeman over Andy Larsen (WWCC) (Fall 2:36)
3rd Place Match – Terence Perkins (AF Prep) over Freeman (Dec 7-6)

Open 149 – Ky Webb’s place is unknown – 2.00 team points
Champ. Round 1 – Webb received a bye
Quarterfinal – Garrett Wood (Northwest) over Webb (Fall 1:18)
Cons. Round 2 – Webb over Prudencio (WWCC) (Maj 15-5)
Cons. Round 3 – Webb over Austin Guymon (Unattached) (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Semi – Terence Perkins (AF Prep) over Webb (Fall 2:50)

Open 157 – Oscar Cuevas-Acosta’s place is unknown 
Champ. Round 1 – Cuevas-Acosta received a bye
Quarters – Cameron Braden (Northwest) over Cuevas-Acosta (Fall 6:35)
Cons. Round 2 – Cuevas-Acosta received a bye
Cons. Round 3 – Nic Urbach (Unattached)  over Cuevas-Acosta (Fall 2:28)

Open 157 – Ryan Winger’s place is 2nd – 10.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Winger  received a bye
Quarterfinal – Winger over Jacoby Ward (AF Prep) (Dec 9-4)
Semifinal – Winger over Justin Polkowske (Northwest) (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match – Dewey Krueger (Wyoming) over Winger (TF 19-2)

Open 165 – Shandon Welsh’s place is unknown 
Quarterfinal – Andrew VonRein (Northwest) overWelsh  (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Mason Perkins (WWCC) overWelsh (Dec 7-1)

Open 165 – Marco Frias’s place is unknown – 2.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Tate Allison (Unattached) over Frias (Maj 13-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Frias over Thomas Painter (Northwest) (Fall 4:59)
Cons. Semi – Andrew VonRein (Northwest) over Frias (Dec 8-6)

Open 165 – Mason Perkins’s place is unknown – 0.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Lucas Lovvorn (Wyoming) over Perkins (Maj 12-0)
Cons. Round 1 – Perkins over Welsh (WWCC) (Dec 7-1)
Cons. Semi – Tate Allison (Unattached) over Perkins (Fall 6:26)

Open 174 – Matt Hebel’s place is 1st – 2.00 team points.
1st Place Match – Hebel over Reece Prosser (Northwest) (Dec 6-3)

Open 184 – Shane French’s place is 2nd – 9.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Shane French received a bye
Semifinal – French over Jared Sargent (WWCC) (Dec 10-8)
1st Place Match – Heber Shepherd (Northwest) over French (Dec 3-2)

Open 184 – Jared Sargent’s place is 3rd – 6.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jared Sargent received a bye
Semifinal – Shane French (WWCC) over Sargent (Dec 10-8)
Cons. Semi – Sargent over Jimmy Duffy (AF Prep) (Fall 4:30)
3rd Place Match –  Sargent over Jay Westcott (WWCC) (Dec 12-5)

Open 184 – Jay Westcott’s place is 4th – 5.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Westcott over Jimmy Duffy (AF Prep) (Fall 1:47)
Semifinal – Heber Shepherd (Northwest) over Westcott (Fall 2:45)
Cons. Semi – Westcott received a bye
3rd Place Match – Jared Sargent (WWCC) over Westcott (Dec 12-5)

Open 197 – Aspen Naylor’s place is 2nd – 10.00 team points.
Semifinal – Naylor over William Kishpaugh (Northwest) (Fall 4:54)
1st Place Match – Jeffrey Oakes (Northwest) over Naylor (Dec 4-2)

Open 285 – Eduardo Anguiano’s place is unknown 
Quarterfinal – Danny Gordan (Wyoming) over Anguiano (Maj 10-0)
Cons. Round 1 – Anguiano received a bye
Cons. Semi – Hunter Mullins (Wyoming) over Anguiano (Fall 1:57)

Open 285 – Wade French’s place is 4th – 2.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Wade French received a bye
Semifinal – Danny Gordan (Wyoming) over French (Maj 11-3)
Cons. Semi – French over Joe Hensley (AF Prep) (Dec 5-3)
3rd Place Match – Hunter Mullins (Wyoming) over French (Dec 3-0)