Tigers hosting first-ever wrestling dual Friday

By Jeremy Nelson, Central Christian College Sports Information
December 05, 2017

For the first time in the history of Central Christian College athletics, the Tigers will host a men's wrestling event on campus.

Central will be the host of a dual wrestling meet Friday between the Tigers and the Cloud County Community College Thunderbirds. Like Central, Cloud County's men's wrestling program is also in its infancy, competing this season for the first time. Despite this being their inaugural year, the coaching staff at CC has done a nice job of recruiting. They currently have 21 wrestlers listed on their roster.

The Tigers are coming off one of their best performances of the season this past weekend at the Wayland Baptist University Invitational. They had three wrestlers finish on the podium at WBU. In the 133 lb. weight class, Central’s Terrell Banuelos went 3-1 on the day and finished in 2nd place, in the 197 lb. weight class, freshman Garrett Gibson went 1-2 and finished in 4th place. The big performance of the meet was 149 lb. division, where Devontae Fitzgerald won the tournament with a 3-0 record.

 "McPherson and Central Kansas have an incredible wrestling history, we are very proud to get to be part of that and I am excited to have this team debut on Friday,” Carr said. “We should have a packed dual featuring a very talented Cloud County team"

The dual format means that there will be one wrestler from each weight division matched up against each other. There are a maximum of 6 team points available for each individual match, for a grand total of 60 points possible. Each wrestler can win either 6, 4 or 3 points for their team. They are awarded 6 points if they win by either a fall (pin), or a forfeit, 4 points for a major decision (winning the match by eight points or more) or three points for a decision (winning the match by fewer than eight points). In the end, the team with them most points wins the dual.