DENVER, Colo. -- The 1st annual Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Wrestling Championship will be held at Regis University on Saturday, February 3, at 9:00 a.m.
 
Chadron State enters the tournament with a wrestler in every weight class except 130 pounds. Adams State, CSC, Colorado Mesa, Simon Fraser and Texas Women's University are the five teams in the tournament.
 
Despite only five teams competing, the competition level will still be highly competitive. Colorado Mesa is currently ranked fifth in the nation while Simon Fraser is one spot behind in 6th place.
 
The Mavericks have five wrestlers ranked nationally and the Red Leafs have six.
 
Chadron State has wrestled each of the four other teams in duals throughout the season. In the season opener, Colorado Mesa defeated CSC 41-3. The Eagles fell to Texas Women's 23-23 on criteria, defeated Adams State 41-8 but were defeated by Simon Fraser 36-8 later in the year.
 
Britley Lopez (101 lbs), Brianna Vollendroff (109 lbs), Annika Lee (136 lbs), Maria Arellano (170 lbs), and Kamila Montenegro (191 lbs) all are already in the semifinals after receiving first round byes.
 
The brackets for Saturday's tournament can be found by clicking here.

Men’s wrestling hosts Adams State Friday

CHADRON, Neb. -- The #15 Chadron State College men's wrestling team hosts Adams State in a high anticipated dual Friday night at 6 p.m., in the Chicoine Center.
 
The Eagles are currently 7-1 overall and 5-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference duals. The Grizzlies are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference duals.
 
CSC is currently ranked first in the conference with the perfect RMAC record, two spots ahead of the Grizzlies. The RMAC regular season title is based solely off of conference records so a win for Chadron State on Friday would greatly improve the chances of winning a conference championship. After the bout with the Grizzlies, the Eagles will have a match up with the 1-1 CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves and the 0-5 Simon Fraser Red Leafs later in February.
 
The Grizzlies enter Friday's dual with six ranked wrestlers, creating three ranked matchups.
 
Isaiah Games (125 lbs) is #17, Angel Flores (141 lbs) is #10, Nic Carrasco (157 lbs) is #20, Sam Loera III (174 lbs) is #20 and Ben Tonnenson (197 lbs) is #12/14 in the rankings for Adams State.
 
Flores earned the RMAC Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday for the Grizzlies.
 
Chadron State also has six nationally ranked wrestlers, creating the ranked matchups at 125, 141 and 174 pounds.
 
#8/10 Quade Smith will fill the lineup at 125 pounds and #12 Ethan Leake will wrestler for the Eagles at 141. The final ranked matchup will include #12/13 Logan Berger at 174 pounds.
 
Last weekend, the Eagles defeated Western Colorado in Gunnison, Colorado for the first time in 29 years and were victorious over Colorado Mesa for the first time in five years.

Eagles hosting Hardrockers for Saturday matinee

CHADRON, Neb. -- After being on the road the last two weekends, the Chadron State College basketball teams will be at home Saturday, Feb. 3 to meet South Dakota Mines in an RMAC double-header.  The women's game will tip off the action at 1 o'clock in the Chicoine Center.
             
The teams' records would indicate that they'll be pretty well matched.

The CSC women are 5-12 overall and 3-10 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while the Lady Hardrockers are 5-13 and 5-7.  The CSC men are 10-9 for the season and 7-6 in league play.  The Mines men are 8-10 and 6-6.
             
The Mines women have a signature win. In early January, they shot 45% from 3-point range while defeating Adams State 67-62 in Rapid City.  The Lady Grizzlies were ranked 22nd in the nation at the time.
             
Mines standout Piper Bauer played all 40 minutes and scored 30 points while hitting six of 13 3-pointers. In addition, Morning Grace Spotted Bear, a 6-foot freshman, had 13 points and 13 rebounds against the Grizzlies.
             
Bauer is averaging 17.2 points a game, sixth best in the RMAC, and has made 60 of 146 shots from behind the arc. She scored 22 and 20 points against the Eagles last year.
             
The men's game will feature some of the leading scorers in the RMAC.  Overall, Matt Ragsdale of Black Hills State is the conference leader at 20.5 points a game, but the Hardrockers' 6-4 Cameron Cohn is second with a 19-point average, followed by Chadron State's Bryce Latimer, who is third at 18.8, and Mines' Alejandro Rama, fourth at 18.0.

Last Feb. 21, when the Hardrockers visited the Chicoine Center, Latimer tallied 43 points while making 13 of 17 field goal shots, four of them treys, and 13 of 14 free throws.
             
Both Cohn and Rama are 3-point marksmen. Rama has sunk 47 shots from downtown and Cohn has made 42.  Another of the Hardrockers, Keagan Smith, has nailed 35 and his 43.8 percentage on triples is the team's best.  Overall, Mines has made treys and the foes 124.
             
Chadron State's Dalton Peterson leads the RMAC in 3-pointers with 55. He's pulled the trigger from long range 133 times for 41.4%. 
             
The Eagles will be back on the road next week.  They will play at Colorado Christian in Lakewood on Wednesday night and visit Western Colorado in Gunnison on Friday night.
             
Both of the Christian teams have a high scorer.  The Cougars' Maggie Hutka leads the RMAC women with a 19.4 per game average, although she scored just eight points when her team visited CSC on Dec. 12.
             
Later that night, 6-foot guard Noah Kon tallied 32 points in the men's game.  He's averaging 15.5 for the season.