LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Central Christian College men's wrestling program kicked off its season this past weekend at the Cowboy Open, hosted by the University of Wyoming.

The Tigers took four wrestlers to the event, all of whom were making their collegiate debut. Freshmen JP Krussick and Josh Snook, as well as redshirt freshman Mason McCarty, each went 0-2 on the day, but gained valuable insight into what it is going to take going forward to compete at the collegiate level.

The Tigers' fourth wrestler, redshirt freshman Terrell Banuelos had his day cut short due to injury. His first match was a close one; he ended up winning the match by decision, 9-8. In his second match, he won by fall, recording the first official pin of his collegiate career.

Banuelos suffered a minor injury in his third match resulting in a loss by fall. The tournament was double elimination format so Banuelos would have wrestled again, but with the injury he decided to withdraw to keep from making the injury worse.

“I chose to open at a tournament featuring three Big 12 teams and many top Division II, NAIA, and junior college teams so that our young wrestlers could experience what is needed to prepare for top competition,” second year head coach Tom Carr said. “While many things did not go our way today, I was pleased to see the fight the team brought against more experienced competition. I look forward to taking these lessons with us going forward into the season."

The Tigers will be training hard this week, getting prepared for the Bethany College Invite next weekend in Lindsborg. The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.