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WRESTLING -- Gonzalez places 5th in Montana

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CU's Michael Gonzalez / Steve Wampler photo

GREAT FALLS, MT -- Senior Michael Gonzalez placed fifth and Aric Fernandez won a pair of matches, leading the Cumberland wrestlers at the Battle of the Rockies Saturday, Dec. 6.

Gonzalez received a bye in the first round at 165 and lost by Fall at 2:18 to Chadron State's Chance Helmick in his first match. The Hesperia, California native posted a 2-0 Decision against Northwest Community College's Kaelen Loveless and pinned Montana State-Northern's Andrew Bartel at 2:17 before losing by Fall to MSU-Northern's Kris Newport at 0:21.

Gonzalez avenged his earlier loss to Helmick in the fifth-place match, pinning him at 1:37.

Fernandez dropped his first match at 174 by Fall at 4:52 to Peter Struzi9k from the University of Great Falls but pinned University of Alberta's Hidde van der Kamp at 6:09 and Great Falls' Jesse Ramos at 4:16. The junior then lost a 4-2 Decision to MSU-Northern's Jared Miller.

Freshman Austin Meyn lost his first match at 141 by Technical Fall, 18-3, to Boise State's Jared Johnshoy but rebounded with an 11-3 Major Decision against Great Falls' Justin Whitman before dropping a 9-6 Decision to Great Falls' Travis Vermulm.

Redshirt freshman Ladigo Williams got a bye at 149 before losing by Tech Fall, 15-0, to Boise State's Travis Himmelman but pinned MSU-Northern's Logan Foster at 1:28 before dropping a 10-5 Decision to McKendree University's Trent Williams.

Sophomore Dalton Baysinger posted a 9-2 Decision over teammate and sophomore Nate Croley in each's first match at 157. Baysinger lost by Fall at 0:54 to Great Falls' Khaldoon Rashid and by Fall at 0:55 to Minot State's Devin Combs.

Croley registered a 17-0 Tech Fall to University of Alberta's Lane Fairburn before losing by Fall at 4:45 to Boise State's Brandon Brenenstahl.

Sophomore Kyle Delaune dropped a 10-5 Decision in his first match at 184 to McKendree's John Vogt but won a 15-7 Major Decision against Minot State's Kobina Henriques. He lost by Fall at 1:44 to Utah Valley State's Will Summer.

Cumberland will take a break before returning to action January 5 at Life University and then Jan. 9-10 at the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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