T-Birds get first taste of dual action at Kansas Wesleyan Tri-Meet

Cloud County freshman Jorge Vega (left) went 2-0 during Wednesday's Kansas Wesleyan Tri-Meet
Cloud County freshman Jorge Vega (left) went 2-0 during Wednesday's Kansas Wesleyan Tri-Meet

SALINA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College wrestling team got its first taste of dual-style wrestling this season on Wednesday when the T-Birds traveled down to Salina for the Kansas Wesleyan Tri-Meet against Ottawa University and Kansas Wesleyan University.

"It gave us eight matches for some guys who needed some mat time and we were able to go down there and wrestle well against two pretty decent NAIA teams," said Cloud County head coach, Cody Cole.

Cloud County got the action underway with a dominating effort against Ottawa as it won all four matches via pin.

Jorge Vega at 125-pounds, Alec Castillo (149), Ryan Delforge (165) and Benny Hernandez (285) all picked up wins against the Braves.

The T-Birds split their final four matches of the evening against the Coyotes, with Delforge and Vega each picking up their second wins of the evening. Vega cruised to a major decision victory, while Delforge, who wrestled at the 157-pound class in the nightcap, ended his night with another pin.

"Vega and Delforge each wrestled tough. They really buy in to our style and in to the process," Cole said. "Both guys are very hard working in the room so it's nice to see them competing at a high level."

Cole added that the experience of taking center stage in a dual environment should prove beneficial as his team prepares for the duals portion of its schedule, starting on December 5 against Northwest Kansas Technical College.

"Down (in Salina) we were able to wrestle in front of a crowd, and an actually very good Cloud County crowd," Cole said. "To have that setting versus an open where there are a ton of matches going on, you don't ever hear anyone cheering, we were able to get that atmosphere. We were able to get the butterflies out so we can be ready to go when it's just us out there and the spotlight is on you, not eight other matches going on at the same time."

The T-Birds will be back in action this Sunday at the Bob Smith Open in Hays, Kansas in what will be their final tournament of the fall semester.