The No. 8-ranked Cowley College wrestling team was host to first-year program Friends University in the home-opening dual Tuesday in W.S. Scott Auditorium, dominating the Falcons 46-3.
The Tigers are 7-0 in home duals since the start of the program.
“The hometown crowd treats us right,” Cowley coach Beau Vest said.
“Every time we step on the home mat, we want to put our best effort out there. This is a good start to our home dual season.”
Austin Kincaid won by pin at 133 pounds. Trenton Grant (141), Brandon Kidd (149) and heavyweight Dean Setticase also won via fall.
Vest was especially impressed with the performance of Kidd, who transferred to Cowley from NJCAA powerhouse Rochester Community College and is ranked sixth nationally.
“Brandon has been a great addition to our program,” Vest said. “When he goes out there, you can tell he wants to grab a hold of somebody.”
Sophomore Montez Robinson moved up from 157 pounds to 165 to defeat Treyton Rusher in a 16-3 major decision.
“Montez bumped up to 165 against a strong kid and showed us he is buying into the system of putting more points on the board,” Vest said. “He has a lot of talent and ability, and we look forward to see how far he can take us.”
Another exciting win came at 197 pounds, where Austin Peri scored two points in the final seconds of his match against Ryan Murphy to win 3-1.
“We had a lot of bonus-point wins and guys that were scoring late in the match,” Vest said.
The Tigers compete Saturday at the Lindenwood Open in St. Louis, Mo., before taking part in a dual Monday at Midland University. Vest spent seven years as the head coach at Midland before coming to Cowley.
“I am looking forward to going back to Midland and showing them what we have built here at Cowley,” Vest said. “Also, the Lindenwood Open will be a huge tournament that will let us see where we are at as a team.”
Cowley 46, Friends 3
125 — Angel Avila (CC) dec. Gabe Eades (FU), 6-1.
133 — Austin Kincaid (CC) pin Jacob Rymer (FU).
141 — Trenton Grant (CC) pin Germany Washington (FU).
149 — Brandon Kidd (CC) pin Camden Aldrich (FU).
157 — Alex Rodriguez (CC) won forfeit.
165 — Montez Robinson (CC) major dec. Treyton Rusher (FU), 16-3.
174 — Brandon Barrager (FU) dec. Bamba Sinay (CC), 4-3 (OT).
184 — Ryan Locke (CC) won forfeit.
197 — Austin Peri (CC) dec. Ryan Murphy (FU), 3-1.
285 — Dean Setticase pin Gabe Bowers (FU).