Castillo, Felix Win Titles at Cowboy Open
Nov. 3, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - On the opening weekend of the season for the Boise State wrestling team, senior J.T. Felix and redshirt sophomore Chris Castillo won their respective weight classes at the Cowboy Open Saturday, and redshirt senior Jake Swartz competed at the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic.
Felix, ranked fifth-nationally at heavyweight by InterMat, won his first two matches via fall - over Western Wyoming's Michael Williams (1:21) and then over Rico Paz (4:23). He won the title match in the Elite bracket over Arizona State's Daniel Gusev via major decision (13-3).
Castillo, competing in the Elite bracket at 149 pounds, won four-consecutive decisions en route to the championship. He defeated Trevor Wilson of Utah Valley (3-2), Preston McCalmon of Arizona State (8-3), Austin Breckenridge of Wyoming (6-5) and Nathan Hoffer of Arizona State (6-4).
Swartz, ranked fifth-nationally, took third-ranked Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland to sudden death overtime before falling 3-1 at the All-Star Classic. Sheptock took a 1-0 lead with an escape in the second period, and Swartz matched him at 1-1 with an escape of his own in the third period. Sheptock earned the victory on a takedown in overtime.
Redshirt sophomore Travis Himmelman finished second in the Elite bracket at 141 pounds at the Cowboy Open, falling to Wyoming's Cole Mendenhall (8-1) in the championship match. En route to the title match, he defeated Chad Vandiver of CSU-Pueblo via decision (6-6), Cody Hancock of Air Force via major decision (12-0) and Drew Schumann of Colorado Mesa via decision (7-1).
Sophomore Rami Haddadin finished third at 125 pounds in the Elite bracket of the Cowboy Open. After receiving a bye, Haddadin ran into Wyoming's Tyler Cox, ranked sixth-nationally in the weight class. Though he fell 11-6, he won four-consecutive matches in the consolation bracket to earn third place, including a 7-0 decision over Jake Gentzler of Nebraska-Kearney, a pin of Jared Berlinger of Great Falls (2:17), a 5-4 decision over Braken Nipko of Utah Valley and a 6-1 decision over Eric Hughes of CSU-Pueblo.
A round-up of the rest of the wrestlers competing for Boise State can be found below:
Matt Nader, also competing in the Elite bracket at 133 pounds, went 1-2. After receiving a bye, he fell to Nate Ruiz of Great Falls via major decision (18-7). In the consolation bracket, Nader defeated Streithorst (7-2) before falling to Air Force's Carter McElhany via fall (6:41).
Ty Stevenson competed in the Amateur bracket at 133 pounds, going 3-2 and reaching the semifinals. He pinned Kyle Fantin (6:58), then knocked off Brandon Gallagher via major decision (15-6). Stevenson advanced to the semifinals with a 12-9 decision over Justin Rodgers, but was pinned by Robert Schultheis of the Colorado School of Mines (2:11). In the consolation bracket, he fell via fall to Northern Colorado's Sonny Espinoza (4:21).
Kevin Coburn also competed in the Amateur bracket at 141 pounds, going 0-2. He was pinned by Kennington in his opening-round match (3:45), and then fell to Justin Whitman of Great Falls in the consolation bracket (5-2).
Taylor West, also competing in the Elite bracket at 157 pounds, went 0-2, falling to Joel Smith of Arizona State via major decision (13-4), and then to Addis in the consolation bracket (4-2).
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