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Cowger, Schilling place in college regionals


February 23, 2016

Two Sweet Home alumni finished have finished in the medals in college wrestling conference action.

Tyler Cowger, a junior 149-pounder earned a regional title for Southern Oregon and Colton Schilling was fourth in the PAC-12 meet for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at 141 pounds.

Cowger is ranked No. 3 in the NAIA as Southern Oregon University’s men’s wrestling team gears up for the NAIA National Championships March 4-5 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.

The Raiders, who started the season ranked No. 13 and were 15th in the final poll of the regular season – with an 11-2 dual record, have six wrestlers ranked in the top 16.

Qualifying for the championships, along with Cowger, a junior 149-pounder, are No. 3 Ryan McWatters (184), No. 9 Aaron DeMay (157), No. 13 Chandler Michael (149), No. 13 Hunter Hodges (157) and No. 15 Tanner Fischer (197), and two wild-card entries, Casey Coulter (125) and Reed Tennyson (174).

Cowger is one of two Sweet Home alums on the Raiders’ 45-man roster. The other is redshirt sophomore Scottie Stockman.

Grand View (Iowa) retained the top team ranking and is a heavy favorite to win its fifth championship in a row. SOU was second last year.

In the NAIA Western Region Qualifying Tournament in Prescott, Ariz. On Feb. 20, Cowger was one of three regional champs for the Raiders, who finished second behind heavily favored Montana-State Northern.

Cal Poly sophomore 141-pounder Colton Schilling was one of four Mustangs to place fourth at the Pac-12 championships last weekend in Tempe, Ariz.

Oregon State claimed its fifth consecutive Pac-12 team title, tallying 118 points. Cal Poly placed sixth with 73.5 points.

Schilling earned a pair of victories, one by fall and another by major decision.

The Pac-12 will send 21 wrestlers plus at-large selections to the NCAA Division I National Championships, slated for March 17-19 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Schilling is one of three Cal Poly wrestlers waiting to see if they will qualify as at-large entrants in the


His younger brother Tyler is redshirting as a freshman for the Mustangs this year.


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