No. 12 Fort Hays State wrestling suffers close losses in FHSU Dual Jamboree

Hays Daily News

The Fort Hays State wrestling team dropped a pair of close duals in the FHSU Dual Jamboree on Saturday. 

The Tigers took a 24-21 loss to No. 10 Adams State (2-0) before falling 22-21 to Colorado Mesa (2-2) in FHSU's first competition under new coach Erik Wince. 

A.J. Cooper went 2-0 with a pair of first-period pins, while Mason Turner, Cole Zebley, Anthony Scantlin, Marty Verhaeghe, Aryus Jones and Tereus Henry also had wins in dual action.

Rhett Koppes, Josh Lenker, Cody Hicks and LJ Flax earned wins in action on a separate mat outside of the duals.

Against Adams State, the Tigers lost their first six matches before winning four straight.

Trailing 24-0, Verhaeghe, ranked No. 6 at 174 pounds, took a 15-2 major decision over Cody Lewis. 

Jones, ranked No. 9 at 184 pounds, recorded a third-period pin at 184 pounds.

Henry then took a 17-2 win at 197 pounds before Copper earned a quick pin at heavyweight.

Against Colorado Mesa, No. 2-ranked Turner's pin 43 seconds into the 133-pound bout gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead. 

Zebley won by disqualification, putting the Tigers up 12-6. Scantlin then took a 6-5 win at 157 pounds. 

But Colorado Mesa won the next four matches before Cooper finished the day with his second pin.

Fort Hays State will they travel to Golden, Colo., for a dual against No. 16 Colorado School of Mines on Thursday.