MCPHERSON, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College wrestling team earned its first dual win of the season Friday with a dominating 40-18 effort against NAIA foe, Central Christian College.
Cloud County won each of the six matches it competed in — Hosteen Smith won by forfeit at 184-pounds — while all 18 points for Central Christian came via vacant weight classes for the T-Birds.
"It was a real great opportunity to end the first semester with getting a dual victory like that," said Cloud County head coach, Cody Cole. "They (Tigers) had some pretty tough guys, and they also had a full lineup, so for us to overcome that (18 points) was big."
Freshman 149-pounder Austin Eldredge got the night off on the right track in the first match as he methodically worked over Central Christian's Devontae Fitzgerald for an 18-1 tech fall win.
The victory set the tone for the T-Birds the rest of the evening as Alec Castillo (157), Ryan Delforge (165) and Noah Aziere (174) all followed with pins. Castillo pinned Joseph Krussick in 6:34, Delforge knocked off David Taylor in 4:08, and Aziere won over Mason McCarty in a fall time of 4:42.
"Straight across the board, I think everyone wrestled the way we expect them to wrestle every night," Cole said. "Austin started us off the right way and everyone seemed to roll from there."
After Smith's forfeit win at 184-pounds, Cloud County concluded the evening with two more wins as freshman Devin Haas (197) pinned Garrett Gibson in 2:13 before fellow freshman Benny Hernandez (285) dismissed Josh Snook in 57 seconds.
Friday's win was just what the doctor ordered as the T-Birds prepare for nearly a month off before they return from Christmas break. They'll be back on the mats for the first dual in school history at 6 p.m. Friday, January 5 against Neosho County.
"I think it was really good for us to go into a long break like we're about to have on a win," Cole said. "We now understand what it takes to win in a dual setting and we can use that to build off of when we come back and wrestle Neosho."