Mountaineer Wrestlers Win RMAC Championships

Western State Colorado University wrestling earned the sixth Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title in program history.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — On March 1, Western State Colorado University wrestling earned the sixth Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title in program history. Western won the conference and Region IV title, finishing with 86.5 points, seven ahead of California Baptist University.

Along with the team title, three Mountaineers earned individual RMAC Championship titles. Elliot Copeland (Jr., Bennett, Colo.) at 174 pounds, Kyle Piatt (Jr., Olathe, Colo.) at 184 pounds and Sam Mangum (Jr., McAllen, Texas) at 197 pounds each won individual titles.

Overall, the Mountaineers qualified seven wrestlers for the NCAA Division II National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio on March 14. Those qualified are Copeland, Piatt, Mangum, Lane Stuht (Sr., Loveland, Colo.) at 285 pounds, Zach Shank (RFr., Olathe, Colo.) at 133 pounds, Corbin Bennetts (So., Buena Vista, Colo.) at 141 pounds and Austin Harris (So., Windsor, Colo.) at 165 pounds.

Also earning an award that night, was Head Coach Miles Van Hee. He was named the RMAC Coach of the Year. Shank, the Mountaineers 133-pounder, was named the RMAC Freshman of the Year and Bennetts earned the RMAC Summit Award, with the conference's highest grade-point average.

Other placers for Western were Shank, who took third at 133 pounds, Bennetts who placed second, Harris who placed third and Stuht who placed second.

The last RMAC team title for Western came in 2010.

Date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:15am to Monday, March 17, 2014 - 10:00am