Stahler, Hillhouse highlight Pack's day at the duals

GUNNISON, Colo. ( - Jan. 12, 2013) - Wrestling in the Tracy Borah Duals can be a testing day for a team, especially after a week that featured back-to-back duals in a home and away series. The Pack wrestled in four more dual matches Saturday, finishing 1-3 on the day. 

The Pack dropped their first dual of the day in a close matchup with California Baptist 22-19. The Lancers pulled out a technical fall in the final match of the dual to steal the victory from under the nose of the ThunderWolves.

The Pack bounced back in a big way in their second dual of the day in a dominating effort over the Air Force Academy junior varsity squad, 23-12. 

The last two duals of the day saw the Pack fall 29-20 to Western Wyoming and 25-18 against Southwest Minnesota State.

Although the team didn't secure as many head-to-head wins it would have liked, it showcased a number of wrestlers who have put a nice stamp on their season so far led by Jesse Hillhouse (Sr., Casper, Wyo.) and Nick Stahler (Sr., Palmer, Alaska). Both wrestlers finished the day 4-0 at the 125-pound weight class and 157-pounds respectively.

With Hillhouse being ranked the number-one wrestler at 125-pounds in Division II, the target is always big on his back. He backed up the number-one ranking sweeping through his competition with three falls and one win coming on a forfeit. The four wins brings Hillhouses' overall record to 16-3 on the year.

Stahler finished as the only other wrestler to go 4-0 on the day finishing with four decisions in his victories. Stahler was solid all around wining each of his matches by an average of five points. The closest any opponent ever got to Stahler was in the first matchup against Paul Miller of California Baptist that was decided 14-9. 

Trevor Grant (Winnemucca, Nev.) had a good overall day finishing with a 3-1 record that included a fall against Austin Beaman of Western Wyoming. 

Joe Giron (Jr., Arvada, Colo.) at 184-pounds and Chris Frisbie (Fr., Castle Rock, Colo.) at 197-pounds each finished with a 2-1 record in their matchups.

Next weekend the Pack will return to action when they travel to the Nebraska-Kearney duals. The setup will be very similar to the Tracy Borah duals in which the team will wrestler in four dual matches against four different schools.