GUNNISON, Colo. – A pin in the final match Thursday night from junior heavyweight Taylor Stam (Parker, Colo.) gave Adams State its only bonus points of the night and put an exclamation point on a 24-10 over the 18th-ranked and rival Mountaineers.
The win improved Adams State to 7-1 this season in dual meets and 6-1 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) action, second only to undefeated and 4th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney. The win was also the Grizzlies fifth this season against an opponent ranked in the top 20, and concluded a stretch of six straight duals against ranked teams.
The Mountaineers fell to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in the league with the loss.
Stam’s win was his second by fall of the season and came just two minutes and 49 seconds into the match. The Grizzlieis first 18 points of the night came courtesy of six wins by regular decision.
The Grizzlies won four straight bouts at 141 through 165 pounds, as 8th-ranked junior Max Ortega (Rio Rancho, N.M.), 4th-ranked senior Josh Hensley (Alamosa, Colo.), sophomore Daniel Kelly (Parker, Colo.) and sophomore Justin Samora (Cortez, Colo.) put Adams State up 15-3. Ortega won by 4-0 shutout, Hensley and Kelly each came up just shy of bonus points with wins by seven, and Samora claimed a 9-7 win at 165.
Western State’s Elliot Copeland and Kyle Piatt scored seven Mountaineer points in the next two matches, with wins by decision and major, respectively.
But Mountaineer momentum stalled at 197 pounds thanks to 2nd-ranked senior Luke McPeek (Albuquerque, N.M.), who won his team second-best 17th match of the season by 5-4 decision.
Sophomore Jerry Huff (Broomfield, Colo.), ranked fourth at 125 pounds, remained perfect in dual meet action at 8-0 and won his 13th straight match overall in the night’s opening bout, 8-2. But 5th-ranked junior Ryan Fillingame (Victorville, Calif.) was upset at 133 pounds, falling 2-4 to the WSC’s Matthew Greene.
The Grizzlies will be back in action at 7 p.m. Friday night, remaining on the road to face league foe Colorado Mesa. Fans can follow action between Adams State and the Mavericks by watching through subscription-based America One.