CSC wrestlers to warm up this weekend

The Chadron State wrestling team will return to action Friday and Saturday during a busy weekend in the Phoenix area.

The Eagles are slated to dual Embry-Riddle on Friday and then participate in the Grand Canyon University duals on Saturday.

The opponents on Saturday will include the host Antelopes, along with Minot State of North Dakota, California Baptist and Simon Fraser of British Columbia.

CSC coach Brett Hunter noted Grand Canyon is ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II and Cal Baptist is ranked first in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association that is made up of non-NCAA programs.

Hunter said 14 Eagles will make the trip. Two starters at the beginning of the season, C.J. Clark at 149 pounds and Bret Klopp at 174, will not go because of leg injuries. Clark is out for the season and Klopp may not return until at least mid-January, the coach said.

Both Grand Canyon and Simon Fraser will be among the teams competing in the NCAA Super Region 4 Championships that Chadron State will host Feb. 22-23.

Grand Canyon is moving up to Division I next year, when Cal Baptist will come into the region, Hunter said.

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