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Mounties Regain Possession of Wagon Wheel – Men’s Wrestling

By Adam Orr

Prineville, Ore.- (Release from Eastern Oregon University Athletics) Eastern Oregon was back in action Wednesday night as they traveled to Prineville, Ore. to take on Southern Oregon in a Cascade Collegiate Conference dual. The Mounties came back from a late Raider lead to take the Wagon Wheel Dual, 19-18.

Eastern jumped off to a hot start taking each of their first two matches. The second of which was a Braden Carson pin in the 133-pound division over Southern’s Simon Graeber, giving the Mounties an early 9-0 lead. The Raiders responded, taking the next five matches adding a pin along the way in the 165 pound division by Jordan Faifai giving Southern an 18-9 lead with three matches left. The Mounties needed to make a run to stay in the dual, and they did just that. Kyle Knudtson started it off in the 184 pound division taking his match over the Raiders Kabb Christensen by decision, 18-12. Marco Retano followed with a win in the 197 pound division by medical decision awarding the Mounties four team points to make it 18-16 in favor of SOU. It all came down to the heavyweight division and Noel Orozco delivered. The senior took a hard fought match over Southern’s Antonio Garcia by decision giving the Mountaineers a 19-18 victory in walk-off style.

EOU vs SOU Results

125: Luciano Fasulo (EOU) over Mikey Ladkani (SOOR) (Dec 7-1) 

133: Braden Carson (EOU) over Simon Graeber (SOOR) (Fall 6:24) 

141: Evan Potter (SOOR) over Jaxon Morlan (EOU) (Dec 3-0) 

149: Aaron Gandara (SOOR) over Travis Sherman (EOU) (Dec 7-1) 

157: Dylan Straley (SOOR) over Vincent Cramer (EOU) (Dec 4-2) 

165: Jordan Faifai (SOOR) over Parker Robinson (EOU) (Fall 4:25) 

174: Alex Hernandez (SOOR) over Keegan Mulhill (EOU) (SV-1 3-1) 

184: Kyle Knudtson (EOU) over Kabb Christensen (SOOR) (Dec 12-6) 

197: Marco Retano (EOU) over John White (SOOR) (MD 13-4) 

285: Noel Orozco (EOU) over Antonio Garcia (SOOR) (Dec 2-1)

Wagon Wheel History:


SOU over EOU – 28-11

SOU over EOU – 37-9


SOU over EOU – 27-18

SOU over EOU – 27-16


SOU over EOU – 25-17

EOU over SOU – 21-18


EOU over SOU – 21-18

EOU over SOU – 21-18


Covid year no match


SOU over EOU – 23-18

EOU over SOU – 21-20


SOU over EOU – 21-18

EOU over SOU – 19-18



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