BYU Beats Colorado State for First Regional Duals Title

January 27, 2018 | Scott Farrell

LAS VEGAS - BYU won the first two bouts to gain an 11-0 lead, and then clinched the NCWA Regional Duals by sweeping the last four matches from Colorado State in a 39-10 win. The win is the Cougars' first NCWA title of any kind, and earns six team points that will carry forward into the start of the NCWA Championships next month. 

Weston Larson opened the championship match with a first-period pin, and Jansen Engelbrect followed with a 15-0 tech fall at 133 pounds. Louie Romero of Colorado State won a wild major decision, 28-14, at 141, but BYU's Tyler Weiss countered with a 10-2 major decison at 149. 

BYU took a 20-7 lead after the first six matches, then swept the heavier weights to seal the title, including a pin at 235 by Jacob Childs and a forfeit at heavyweight. BYU is the favorite to win the NCWA's Great Plains Conference. 

In the third-place match, Wayne State College pinned its way to a 42-19 win over Dixie State. Seven Wildcats wrestlers won by pin in the match. Wayne State senior captain Spencer Trout picked up four pins in his 4-0 tournament at 184 pounds. Two other WSC wrestlers posted 4-0 marks in the tournament - Gerald Kenkel (with three pins and a tech fall) at 174 pounds and Alejandro Martinez (two pins and a major decision) at 125. Wayne State will carry four points into the NCWA Championships, with Dixie State earning three. 

Richland College (Texas) picked up fifth place and two national-tournament points from its 47-18 win over UNLV. North Texas, Arizona, Fresno State, USC and Cal State Northridge filled out the field of teams. 

Championship Match
BYU 39, Colorado State 10

125 lbs. - Weston Larson, BYU, def. Arthur Martinez, by fall 1:10
133 lbs. - Jansen Engelbrecht, BYU, def. Joey Tharp, by tech fall 15-0
141 lbs. - Louie Romero, Jr., CSU, def. Luke Batten, BYU, maj. dec. 28-14
149 lbs. - Tyler Weiss, BYU, def. Santana Salas, maj. dec. 10-2
157 lbs. - Colin Saiz, CSU, def. Jacob Proffit, 10-6
165 lbs. - Bailey Carlson, BYU, def. Ben Peterson, by tech fall 24-8
174 lbs. - Johnathan Fugita, CSU, def. Karson Christiansen, 7-6
184 lbs. - Edward Maisey, BYU, def. Maxwell Furst, 10-5
197 lbs. - Jacob Martin, BYU, def. Dean Vangsnes, maj. dec. 14-3
235 lbs. - Jacob Childs, BYU, def. Blaine Nye, by fall 4:45
285 lbs. - Alan Clegg, BYU, wins by forfeit

Championship - BYU 28, Colorado State 21 
3rd place - Wayne State 42, Dixie State 19
5th place - Richland College 47, UNLV 18
7th place - North Texas 28, Arizona 24
9th place - Fresno State 24, USC 20

Championship Semifinals 
BYU 57, Richland College 3
Colorado State 29, Wayne State 19

Championship Quarterfinals
(1) BYU 58, (9) Arizona 6
(5) Richland College 36, (4) North Texas 30
(3) Wayne State 30, (11) UNLV 19
(2) Colorado State 36, (7) Dixie State 24

First Round
(9) Arizona 28, (8) Fresno State 23
(5) Richland College 56, (12) Utah State 0
(6) UNLV, bye
(7) Dixie State 30, (10) USC 21

Consolation Quarterfinals
Dixie State 54, Utah State 0
North Texas, bye
Arizona 35, USC 18
UNLV 34, Fresno State 27

Consolation Third Round
Dixie State 39, North Texas 24
UNLV 34, Arizona 27

Consolation Semifinals
Dixie State 31, Richland College 30 (won on criteria)
Wayne State 40, UNLV 17