Jan 09, 2020 1:00 PM

Tiger wrestling victorious in first dual of season, 24-19

Posted Jan 09, 2020 1:00 PM
FHSU Athletics / Sam Leventhal photo
FHSU Athletics / Sam Leventhal photo


HAYS, Kan. - The Fort Hays State wrestling team came away with an exciting 24-19 win over UNC Pembroke Wednesday evening (Jan. 8) in its first dual action of the year. It is the first time the Tigers have won their opening dual of the season since the 2014-15 season. The Tigers open the year 1-0 while the Braves move to 6-6 on the season.

After forfeiting at 125 pounds, the Tigers quickly tied things up when Dy'Juan Carney won at 133 pounds via injury default.

Competing for the first time this season, Brandon Ball handed the Tigers their first lead of the night with a 6-2 win over Jonathan Miller at 141 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Ball started the second period on top and maintained control for the entire frame. The senior made a quick escape in the final period and grabbed one more takedown to seal the 6-2 decision.

Anthony Scantlin padded the lead to 12-6 with a back-and-forth 5-4 decision over Tyler Makosy at 149 pounds. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Scantlin took the lead with an escape and a takedown in the second period. Makosy went back on top with a pair of escapes before Scantlin secured the win with another takedown.

Tristan Porsch pushed the Tiger lead to 18-6 thanks to an injury default victory in the second period. The sophomore was in front at the time 6-3 thanks to two first period takedowns.

The Braves cut the lead in half when Kaleb Warner pinned Conrad Vajnar in his first action of the season, but Marty Verhaeghe helped the Tigers regain momentum with a 6-1 decision at 174 pounds. The junior took an early lead with a first period takedown before going in front 5-1 with an escape and takedown in the second period. Verhaeghe took care of business in the final period, riding out the full two minutes to stretch the Fort Hays State lead to 21-12.

Aryus Jones and Brandon Sloop put on quite a show at 184 pounds, with Sloop coming away victorious with a sudden victory takedown, 6-4. Neither side was able to gain an advantage until Sloop managed a third period takedown. Jones escaped and regained the lead with a takedown of his own, but Sloop managed to tie things up with an escape just before the horn sounded. The UNC Pembroke wrestler picked up another takedown early in the overtime period to seal the win and help the Braves close within 21-15.

UNC Pembroke closed within two with a 23-9 major victory at 197 pounds, leaving the fate of the evening in the hands of the heavyweights. Ryan Monk took control early with a takedown, but A.J. Cooper leveled things out with a reversal. Cooper took a 4-2 lead in the second period with a reversal before picking up the winning takedown midway through the third period.

The Tigers will look to add three more dual wins to its resume this weekend when they travel to Gunnison, Colo. for the Tracy Borah Duals. FHSU is slated to face off with No. 22 Colorado Mesa, No. 23 Western Colorado and New Mexico Highlands on Saturday (Jan. 11).

Fort Hays State 24, UNC Pembroke 19
125 - Anthony Carter (UNC Pembroke) over Unknown (For.)
133 - Dy'Juan Carney (Fort Hays State) over Logan Seliga (UNC Pembroke) (Inj. 1:40)
141 - Brandon Ball (Fort Hays State) over Jonathan Miller (UNC Pembroke) (Dec 6-2)
149 - Anthony Scantlin (Fort Hays State) over Tyler Makosy (UNC Pembroke) (Dec 5-4)
157 - Tristan Porsch (Fort Hays State) over Sammy Peticos (UNC Pembroke) (Inj. 3:31)
165 - Kaleb Warner (UNC Pembroke) over Conrad Vajnar (Fort Hays State) (Fall 1:28)
174 - Marty Verhaeghe (Fort Hays State) over Garrett Hill (UNC Pembroke) (Dec 6-1)
184 - Brandon Sloop (UNC Pembroke) over Aryus Jones (Fort Hays State) (SV-1 6-4)
197 - Jovaun Johnson (UNC Pembroke) over Tyler Boone (Fort Hays State) (MD 23-9)
285 - A.J. Cooper (Fort Hays State) over Ryan Monk (UNC Pembroke) (Dec 7-2)

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Jan 09, 2020 1:00 PM
🎤 No. 13 FHSU women battle RiverHawks on Thursday

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The 13th-ranked Fort Hays State women's basketball team will take a five-game winning streak on the road this week when the Tigers take on Northeastern State Thursday evening in Tahlequah, Okla. Opening tip in the MIAA matchup is set for 5:30 p.m. from the NSU Event Center.

You can hear the game on KJLS (103.3-FM) LISTEN LIVE

The Tigers (11-2, 2-2 MIAA) are coming off a pair of conference victories last weekend, including a thrilling 75-74 win over Pittsburg State. The RiverHawks (4-8, 2-3 MIAA) opened the new year with a pair of road losses, falling to Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State.

Fort Hays State has dominated the all-time series with NSU, winning 13 of the 16 contests and each of the last 12. The Tigers are 5-2 all-time in Tahlequah, including wins in five consecutive road games. The last RiverHawk victory in the series came midway through the 2013-14 season, nearly six years ago (1/18/14, 49-48 in Tahlequah). FHSU is 13-2 overall and 5-2 on the road against the RiverHawks under head coach Tony Hobson.

The Tigers never trailed in their last trip to Tahlequah, leading wire-to-wire to win 90-66 (2/23/19). The victory gave the Tigers the 2018-19 regular season MIAA championship.

Kacey Kennett averages 11.2 ppg in six games against the RiverHawks, including a 23-point outburst in the last trip to Tahlequah, her highest scoring output against a DII opponent. Whitney Randall has scored 8.5 ppg in four matchups with NSU.

The Tigers have had success in road games in Oklahoma under Hobson, winning 10 of 15 games in the Sooner State since 2008.

Whitney RandallJaden Hobbs and Lauryn Reither are all returning to their home state for the upcoming road trip. Interestingly, the Tigers have just as many players on its roster as Northeastern State.

The RiverHawks sit just behind the Tigers in a tie for ninth in the conference standings. NSU ranks 14th in the MIAA in scoring, putting up 61.8 points per night while allowing 65.7 points each evening. They rank 19th in the country with a free-throw percentage of 77.5 percent. Cenia Hayes paces the team with 16.3 points per night, fourth-most in the MIAA. Hayes is also the team leader in rebounds, grabbing 6.6 boards per contest. Morgan Hellyer (2.2 apg) and Shae Sanchez (2.1 apg) lead the way in assists.