Never one to believe in luck, Chas Thompson might be starting to change his tone.
If there is such a thing on the wrestling mat, the head coach of the Fort Hays State University wrestling team says his Tigers just don’t have it this season.
Case in point — Friday night’s dual for the No. 12 ranked Tigers against No. 19 ranked Western State (Colo.) University at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Things just didn’t go the Tigers’ way in a 30-13 loss, and FHSU still sits with just one dual win this season.
Missing key several guys with injuries, the Tigers were open at 174 pounds, but still managed to be in a position to make some noise against the visiting Mountaineers.
But the bad luck bug bit hard late. Trailing 19-13 going into the 197-pound match, Tiger junior Jordan Davis jumped out early, scored a near pin and led 11-5 in the third period, looking as though he would at least make it 19-16 and give the Tigers a chance.
“I really don’t believe in luck, but man, if there is such a thing, we just don’t have it this year as far as duals go,” Thompson said.
Davis got caught on his back late in the third period against Western State’s Dylan McBride, and suffered a pin, ending the Tigers’ threat. A.J. Cooper went on to lose 18-2 in a meaningless (as far as the dual goes) match to end the night.
“We’re a good-looking team on paper,” Thompson said. “Just injuries.”
That pretty much summed up the dual and the Tigers’ season to this point, with one home dual left Wednesday against University of Central Missouri.
All season long, the Tigers have had anywhere from two to four wrestlers out of the lineup and guys filling in. It was so bad Friday, the Tigers were open at 174 pounds. Thompson would have had to burn a redshirt just to fill a spot for the dual
“It’s tough. I’m almost speechless,” Thompson said. “It’s frustrating.”
The Tiger coach was especially frustrated with the Tigers not being able to hold the lead at 197 and at least put the Tigers in position for the dual victory. Prior to that, senior Micquille Robinson nearly had No. 9 ranked Konnor Schmidt beat in the first period before suffering an 8-4 loss.
Instead, FHSU had to settle for three victories. No. 2 ranked junior Brandon Ball did his thing at 141 pounds, moving to 17-0 with an 8-0 decision over Jason Hanenberg. Senior Ryne Cokeley followed with a 7-6 decision at 149, and No. 4 ranked sophomore Efe Osaghae grabbed a pin at 157 to move to 21-3.
“We just have to learn from our mistakes,” Thompson said. “We just let a couple things slip away.”