Central Wrestling headed to Florida as a relative unknown, but the past three days have opened many eyes and shown that the Pacific Northwest can hold their own. The NCWA National tournament was held this past weekend, and the Wildcats announced their presence loud and clear.
On the women’s side for Central, who only brought two competitors, placed fourth overall as a team,scoring 28.5 points. Christina Ordonez became the first woman in Central Wrestling history to win a National Championship at 159 pounds. Cady Chambers did not disappoint either, becoming a 4-time NCWA All-American by placing third in her weight class. Coach Chris Chambers was thrilled at how the club did and said ” I see a lot of good things happening for the club in the future and I am honored to have gotten to coach all of you the last 2 years. Its been a great ride.”
On the men’s side , they continued where they left on in California where they placed third in the West Regional. Though none of the Central men garnered All-American status, they did place 7th in Division 2. David Kuich advanced the farthest for the Wildcats, coming up one win short of becoming an All-American. Steven Alfi, Kevin Madson, and Kyle Moore all wrestled tough for the Wildcats, but ran into stiff competition in Daytona Beach.
The season is now over the Wildcats, but what a season it was. The CWU men have put the NCWA on alert that they will be a force to reckoned with in the near future. Dont forget about the women’s team either, they did something they won’t be soon forgotten.
Central Washington is 22nd overall as a team with 12 points as day 1 has concluded in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Wildcats have two wrestlers still alive for championships, one wrestler in the consolation bracket, and one who has been eliminated. David Kuich who entered as a “Wild Card” has started off on fire, with two pins and is in the round of 16. Kevin Madson, who only had one match today, also pinned his opponent, is also in the round of 16. Steven Alfi who lost his first match 9-2, now has to win 7 straight to get third place. Kyle Moore has been eliminated competition due to losing his first two matches. We will keep updating as we get more results. The CWU women will begin wrestling tomorrow.
Central Wrestling traveled to San Jose State University to compete in the NCWA West Coast Regional on Saturday Feb. 25. The Cats shocked the West Coast Region by taking home a third place team trophy. They scored 60.50 team points and every wrestler scored team points as well. The six wrestlers that competed in California were Kyle Moore (125lbs), David Kuich (133lbs) ,Isrrael Fernandez (149lbs) ,Adam Raemer (165lbs) ,Steven Alfi (174lbs) and ,Kevin Madson (235lbs). All six wrestlers placed in the top six of their weight classes, meaning that they all received All-Conference Nominations. More importantly though Adam Raemer, Steven Alfi, and Kevin Madson who all placed third in their brackets will advance to Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. David Kuich and Kyle Moore both earned “Wild Card” they will compete in nationals, being entered into the competition as of Mar.1st at 8PM. Head Coach Chris Chambers was very excited and said that “we wrestled very well and had a good showing for Central Washington University.”
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.
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.
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!!!
Central Washington University has a busy travel week planned for February 3rd and 4th. Four clubs will make their way to three locations Western Washington University, Evergreen State College, and Eastern Washington University.
The Central Hockey team will play a three game series against club hockey power Eastern Washington in Cheney. Central Hockey is trial by fire this season playing Eastern and WSU who are both collegiate hockey powers in the Pacific Northwest .CWU and EWU will play one Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each.
CWU Men’s Rugby will head to Western this weekend to take on hated rival Western Washington University.This will be the first 15’s match between the two schools in a couple of years because of scheduling conflicts with USA Rugby’s Premier Division. Two matches will be played in Bellingham beginning at 1:00 pm.
Quick Note:Both Central and Western will also head down to the Las Vegas Invite on February 8th with hopes of qualifying for the collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia in June.
CWU swimming will kick their spring season off this weekend in Olympia at a Sanctioned US Masters Swim Meet. The Swim is very excited to begin their season and hopefully qualify into nationals in the late spring.
While one club is beginning another is just wrapping up their regular season. CWU Wrestling will finish off their regular season in Cheney against Eastern in a head to head duel match. This will be the second of three duels between these two teams. They will begin post season play at Central in a three-way duel between Evergreen State College, CWU , and EWU.
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.