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Wrestling Raises Expectations

ELLENSBURG, WASH.- CWU Wrestling is beginning preparations for the 2012-2013 season and expectations have been rising after a successful 2011-2012 campaign. Coming into the season, they have added a new head coach, Eric Idler, who formerly coached the CWU Varsity Wrestling squad before being cut in 2004. Idler currently helps out at Ellensburg High School as well. CWU also will host the NCWA Northwest Regional Tournament which will be the qualifier for the National NCWA Tournament in Allen, TX.

Central Wrestling has also added a new wrestling mat to their collection. The new mat is made by ResLite and will be much safer than the old mat that was used by the varsity program. “The mat will allow our club to grow and bring in new members” Club President Steven Alfi said . The mat will be used at all future home competitions. The Schedule can be found at the NCWA website.


CWU Wrestling Announces Schedule

Central Washington Wrestling is riding into the 2012-2013 season with more momentum then a runaway train. After taking 3rd place in the West Coast Conference and 7th place (DII) at NCWA Nationals, the Wildcats have added new coach, Eric Idler, who formerly coached the Wildcats when they competed at the NCAA DII level. He produced 37 All-Americans and built a powerhouse program. Central returns 5 national qualifiers and will have a full team this year. The Wildcats will be hosting the first ever NCWA Pacific Northwest Championships in Ellensburg.  Their schedule and other team information is posted at this link CWU Wrestling Schedule. 

The Schedule is also listed below. Make sure to check back for updates as CWU Wrestling could add more events.

Central Washington University Schedule
Date Event Location
11/11/2012 Mike Clock Open Forest Grove, Oregon
11/17/2012 Triple Dual Eastern Washington University
11/18/2012 Spokane Open Spokane, WA
12/15/2012 Evergreen State Open Olympia, WA
12/18/2012 H.U.B. Open Liberty Lake, WA
01/20/2013 Clackamas Open Clackamas, WA
01/27/2013 Boxer Open Forest Grove, Oregon
02/02/2013 NCWA Washington State Championships Olympia, WA
03/03/2013 NCWA Northwest Regional Championships Central Washington University
03/14/2013 NCWA Nationals Allen, TX

Spring US Bank Winners Announced


Christina Ordonez:Wrestling

Christina Ordonez, an Arlington, Wash. native and junior transfer student from Jamestown University in North Dakota became the first national champion in the short history of the club. Christina breezed through her competition en route to winning an NCWWA title in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her title plus her teammate’s effort allowed the Central women to place 4th overall in the nation. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for March is Christina Ordonez.

Thomas Olson: Wake Sports

Thomas a junior from Gig Harbor anchors the CWU Wake Team and is one of the best riders in the region. He helped the Wake team win the West Coast Regional in the fall and will lead them into competition next month in Oklahoma City at Collegiate Wakeboard National Championships. Thomas has been a vital part of the CWU Wake Team and he will hopefully help them bring back hardware this June at the ALT Games. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for March is Thomas Olson.


Amy Euting: Women’s Lacrosse

Amy Euting, a senior in the Global Wine Studies program, plays a vital role on and off the field for the Women’s Lacrosse Club at CWU. Amy scored the most goals on the team and was voted as the Offensive MVP by her peers. Amy also helped with fundraising and scheduling. She also emerged as leader this year and help newcomers learn the game. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for April is Amy Euting.

Torrey Kuhlmann:Cycling

Torrey Kuhlmann is a post-baccalaureate studying Mechanical Engineering Technology for his major, from Seattle, WA.  He began biking for commuting purposes and turned into racer where success has begun to come his way.  Torrey won two races this season including the Conference Championship Road Race in Palouse, WA and the CWU Critierum. He was also a member of CWU’s Men’s C Championship winning Team Time Trial team.  He finished the racing season in 3rd place overall in the Men’s D category.  He is only the 6th CWU cyclist to win a Northwest Collegiate Cycling conference race. 



Matt Peterson: Swimming
Matthew Peterson, a current club officer and a senior Aviation major was the most versatile swimmer for the Wildcats at the United States Masters National Swim Meet this past April. He qualified in five events and placed in the top 15 in each. Peterson’s highest placing was in the 1,000-meter. He finished fifth with a time of 11 minutes 19.45 seconds and in the same event. He led the team with six individual medals. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for May is Matt Peterson.

Heather Johnson: Women’s Rugby

Heather Johnson, a sophomore clinical physiology major, is the starting scrumhalf for the Women’s Rugby Club. She has improved throughout the year and become a very versatile player on offense or defense. Off the field, she has also stepped up; she is the vice-president of the club and is involved in fundraisers, recruiting, and other events. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for May is Heather Johnson.

Week In Review, Mar. 10th &11th

What a Busy Weekend for the Wildcats. 6 clubs geared up and competed during the last weekend of Winter Quarter. 2 clubs stayed in Ellensburg and kicked off their respective seasons with wins. On the road, we had clubs finishing their season, as well as just starting. Overall Central performed extremely well and it is shaping up to a successful year for Central Sport Clubs.


CWU Rugby capped off an already impressive weekend with a shelling of Oregon 39-0. This was Central’s third D1-AA match of the year and they showed that they can dominate teams from start to finish. Cental is now 2-1 in D1-AA matches

On Saturday, the Wildcats beat UC Davis 39-5 in a D1-A Match. This match begun the Wildcats D1-A schedule and up next for them is the Gaels of St. Maries on March 24th in Moraga, California.

Men’s Soccer

With only limited practice time, the Wildcats begun their Northwest Collegiate Club Soccer Conference(NCCSC) Schedule with a 2-0 shutout over the visiting Eagles of Eastern Washington. This was Eastern’s second conference match of the spring, losing to Gonzaga 4-3 last weekend. Central widened the gap between first and second place in the NCCSC, leading Gonzaga by 5 points now.


Central Wrestling one upped themselves from their last competition. After earning third place as a team in West Coast Regional, the Wildcats fought hard for a seven place finish in Division 2 at the NCWA National Tournament. On the women’s side, we had not only two All-Americans, but a National Champion. Christina Ordonez became the first CWU Woman to win a National Title in wrestling. Cady Chambers finished third, making her a 4x All American.


Central Cycling traveled to Corvallis, Oregon this weekend and performed very well. The team was very inexperienced with cycling races, having only three riders with race experience. Central’s Andrew Austin, finished second in the Men’s B road race, Austin is fifth overall in Men’s B.Tyler Beeson duked it out with fellow Central rider Patrick Lewis as they sprinted to finish line in the Men’s C race where Beeson finished third and Lewis 10th.  Lewis and Beeson are both third overall in the Men’s C class. As a team Central is in 11th place out of 15 teams.


Central begun their post season in Silverton, Oregon by placing two riders into Zones which will be hosted by Stanford University on April 7th and 8th. The riders names were not available at the time.

Look ahead at the Weekend Feb.24th-Feb.26th

The last weekend of February is upon us, and it looks to be just as busy as the previous weeks. Four Clubs will travel around the Pacific Northwest and our Rugby Clubs will host the first outdoor matches of the spring in Ellensburg.

Men’s Lacrosse

The CWU Men’s Lacrosse team looks to get their first win of season, as they head down to Salem, OR to take on the Bearcats of Willamette University. They have had a rough start to season, but showed improvement last week in a hard-fought loss to College of Idaho.


The CWU Hockey team will travel to Bellingham, WA and Tacoma, WA this weekend as they wrap up their season against Western and Washington State. The season for Wildcats has been one of building and creating a culture of success for CWU Hockey. They will look to finish the season strong and take some momentum into next year.


CWU Wrestling head to San Jose, California this weekend to compete in the NCWA West Regional tournament. They will try and qualify for the NCWA National Tournament in Ocala, Florida. The wrestlers will compete all weekend on the campus of San Jose State University.

Women’s Lacrosse

The CWU Women’s Lacrosse team will play their first game of the spring this year after last week’s cancellation,They will head to Washington State University to take on the Cougars in an early season match-up for both teams.

Good Luck to All. Go Cats!!!

Collegiate Wrestling:Spotlight on Ellensburg.

Central Washington University Wrestling will play host to the Washington State Duel Meet sanctioned by the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, this meet will mark the first of three post season tournaments the Wildcats will participate in. The triple dual meet will feature CWU, Evergeen State College, and Eastern Washington University. Central and Eastern have met twice this season, with home and away duels, splitting the season series.

Evergreen State College will travel to Ellensburg for the first time this season, but their athletes are familiar with Kittitas County. Two wrestlers from Evergreen prepped at nearby Kittitas High School, Nate Poulsen and Gunnar Genge. Poulsen, a sophomore, wrestles at 165 lbs. Meanwhile Genge, a freshman, wrestles at 174 lbs.

Wrestling begins at 1pm at the CWU Rec Center on Court D. Bleachers are available for seating. Hope to see you there.

CWU Wrestling Turns in Stellar Performance in Oregon

The Central Washington Wrestling headed down to Forest Grove, OR and lucky for them the third time in Oregon was the charm. With only 2 weeks till post season competitions slated to begin, the Central wrestlers stepped and gave a post season performance. David Kuich and Kyle Moore took 4th and 5th respectively at 133 lbs. Steve Alfi grinded out a sixth place finish at 184 lbs and Kevin Madson finished fourth at 285 lbs. Head Coach Chris Chambers said, “Conditioning improved immensely  and it allowed our guys to compete throughout the whole tournament.”They will have one more tune up duel against Eastern Washington University in Cheney before they begin post season play.