GREAT FALLS – The University of Great Falls Argonaut Wrestling team dominated the Western Wyoming College Mustangs 35-7 to record their thirteenth victory in dual meets this year.
"The guys wrestled amazing tonight," Argo head coach Caleb Schaeffer said.
Luke Schlosser, ninth ranked freshman from Conrad, Mont., opened the meet at 125 lbs. Schlosser scored early and often and earned a 12-4 major decision victory over Adrian Avelar. The Argos were off to the races.
Jared Berlinger, a Spokane, Wash. freshman at 133 lbs., took on Caleb Walker of Salmon, Idaho. The grapplers wrestled point for point and took a 4-4 score into overtime. Berlinger scored a two point take down in the sudden victory period to continue the momentum for Great Falls.
With Myles Mazurkiewicz, the No. 1 wrestler at 141 lbs., in the stands cheering, sophomore Ryan Martin of Lewistown, Mont. took the mat for the Argos. Martin--ranked No. 6 in the NAIA, battled No. 8--in the junior college ranks, Mario Luna from Green River, Wyo. Martin earned the second major decision for the Argos and stretched the Great Falls lead to 11-0.
"I am really happy with the second string", Schaeffer added. "They came out and wrestled much better than their last dual at home."
Four-time Montana State High School Wrestling Champion Luke Zeiger, of Glasgow, wrestled up in weight at 149 lbs. Zeiger proved his moxie as he pinned Dillon Karajanis at the 6:02 mark to add six more points to the Argonaut score.
Continuing the Montana wrestler theme, Coach Schaeffer put Malta sophomore Chad Cebulski on the mat against No.6 Scott Verner of Green River, Wyo. Cebulski earned the victory with a 7-5 decision in the 157 lbs. match.
Next on the mat for the Argos was dual sport athlete Casey Park of Enumclaw, Wash. Park, also on the UGF Rodeo Team, made short work of Austin Beaman and pinned him to 2:35 in the first period.
The Argos dropped the 174 lb. match as Ross Taylor earned a 19-6 major decision win over No. 16 Brock Picard. Taylor put four points on the board for the Mustangs, ended any Argo hopes for a shutout.
"I really happy the guys won those close matches at the end." Schaeffer continued.
Adam Wolfe got the Argos back on track in the 184 lb. match. The Steilacoom, Wash. sophomore, No. 9 in the NAIA, pinned Carlos Saabedra 6:28 into the bout. In the 197 lb. match, Riley Argyle earned a tough fought 4-2 decision over Dylan Lemery. The pair was tied with less than a minute remaining in the third period when Argyle earned a two point take down and the win. Argyle's victory was the last points the Mustangs earned.
David Lopez, a Des Moines, Iowa junior, was the heavyweight Coach Schaeffer sent to the mat. Lopez and Michael Williams pushed and shoved each other battling for position, each denying the opponent an open shot at a solid scoring opportunity. Lopez would earn the 8-5 decision for the Argos and close out the meet.
"Martin, Lopez, and Berlinger had some outstanding matches with some really good quality opponents," Schaeffer concluded.
The Argos improve their dual record to 13-5 as the Mustangs fall to 3-5. The Argos are on the road this weekend as they head to Dickinson, N.D. The ninth ranked Blue Hawks will host the Argos in a Friday evening dual. On Saturday Great Falls will compete in the Blue Hawk open tournament.
The Argos are back home on Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m. to battle there interstate rival, Lights of Montana State University-Northern. The Argonauts will say good bye to their seniors as the look to avenge a one point loss in Havre earlier in the season.