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Lopers fall to No. 1 Mavs
Jordan Hoff
Antelope Staff

The No. 9 ranked Loper wrestling team suffered their sixth loss of the season 0-33 to their rival, defending national champs, and top-ranked University of Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday night at the Health & Sports Center.

With seven matches decided by two points or less, nearly every competition has been close, exciting and intense. The Lopers lost five of the 10 matches in the final seconds of the third period and lost two in sudden victory overtime periods. Many of the matches could have gone either way.

“We had so many close calls. We just let a few get away from us, but I am proud of our effort that we gave and the way we kept competing. We couldn’t get any breaks on our side, but we have to just take the positives out of it and move on,” said Loper head coach Marc Bauer.

To make things even more unlucky for the Lopers, they were without their star wrestler and senior leader Marty Usman for the duel against UNO. Usman, currently the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the nation at 174 lbs., was unable to perform due to muscle strains in his abdomen.  

Coach Bauer said the Lopers need to do nothing different in the coming weeks to prepare for the last month and a half of the season. “We need to keep doing what we’ve been doing. That’s practicing hard, and improving our conditioning. We need to stay focused and continue to work at our goal of winning another RMAC title and competing for a national championship,” Bauer said.

The Lopers look to bounce back this weekend as they host RMAC opponents Chadron State and Colorado School of Mines on Friday night and Western State on Saturday night in their last home matches of the year.  

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