By NICK McQUEEN
A three-time state placer in high school and one-time state champion at Wichita Northwest High School, Trey Page is no stranger to postseason success. He followed that with a junior college national runner-up while at Labette Community College.
Last season, though, Page didn't quite achieve that same level with the Fort Hays State University wrestling team as the Tigers' heavyweight.
That seems to be something that could change this season, if the early portion is any indication.
"He's looking real good," Tiger coach Chas Thompson said.
Page, a senior, pushed his win streak to 16 matches Tuesday as the Tigers moved to 2-0 in duals with a 31-15 victory over Colorado School of Mines on Thursday at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Page capped the win with a 1 minute, 46 second pin against Mines' Nickolas DeBruyn. The No. 8 ranked Page is 23-1 and has not lost a competition this season against anyone from NCAA Division II.
"He's a heavyweight who's not afraid to shoot," Thompson said. "That really pays off. Then, he's really good on top."
Page was 26-13 last season for the Tigers, and finished as the MIAA runner-up. He was 19-11 against Division II competition. He was wrestling right around 230 after spending time at Labette trying to get down to 197.
"He's lifted his weight back up to probably 255 right now," Thompson said. "Good speed, very powerful. A lot of heavyweights aren't the best at turning people, and that's one thing that is special about him."
Page's night was one bright spot in what Thompson called "kind of an ugly dual."
FHSU suffered just three losses with Adam Ludwin dropping the opening match, 9-8 to CSM's Zachary Gracia.
Then, after leading, Ky Biddle was pinned at 149 pounds, and Cash Drylie was pinned at 197.
The rest of the Tiger lineup, though, picked up wins, including what Thompson called an upset by Tyler Dryden at 141 pounds over CSM's Jacob Gerken. FHSU also got a forfeit win at 184 pounds as Mines didn't send anyone out against No. 4 ranked Jon Inman (20-3).
The Tigers are off until they face No. 17 Lindenwood on Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
125 - Zachary Gracia (CSM) wins by decision (9-8) over Adam Ludwin (FHSU)
133 - Garrett Jones (FHSU) wins by fall (0:31) over Caleb Micho (CSM)
141 - Tyler Dryden (FHSU) wins by decision (12-7) over Jacob Gerken (CSM)
149 - Skyler Lykins (CSM) wins by fall (6:27) over Ky Biddle (FHSU)
157 - Bradley Little (FHSU) wins by decision (10-8) over John Crowley (CSM)
165 - Bryce Lewis (FHSU) wins by major decision (12-8) over Ethan Ruby (CSM)
174 - Nathan Shipley (FHSU) wins by decision (7-1) over Karl Beridenbach (CSM)
184 - Jon Inman (FHSU) wins by forfeit
197 - Paul Wilson (CSM) wins by fall (1:25) over Cash Drylie (FHSU)
285 - Trey Page (FHSU) wins by fall (1:46) over Nickolas DeBruyn (CSM)