Observer staff

The Eastern Oregon men’s wrestling team dropped a trio of dual matches at the Battle of the Rockies Friday in Great Falls, Montana.

EOU opened by falling to Minot State (N.D.)27-17.

Eastern’s Blake McNall earned a second-round pin in his 133-pound match, and A.J. Rockwell scored a 5-3 decision for a 9-6 lead. Drake Randall added a 17-7 major decision at 165. Eric Fan (197) gave EOU one final win with a 16-4 major decision.

EOU struggled at the hands of McKendree University, the top-ranked NCAA Division II team, falling 49-0. Eastern was handed pins in three of its matches, dropped two by major decision and one by technical fall.

EOU wrapped action with a close 30-24 loss to Northwest College (Wyo.).

Randall earned his second pin of the day, this time at 147, to get EOU on the board. Two forfeits helped Eastern’s cause, and Fan picked up a first-round victory by fall.

The Mountaineers followed with a seventh-place showing at the Argo Heritage Inn Open Saturday in Great Falls.

Randall earned a second-place finish at 157 by going 3-1, including a pair of victories by fall. He lost to McKendree’s Ryan Strope by major decision, 11-3, in the finals.

Fan took third for EOU at 197, going 4-1. He shook off a semifinal loss to finish with a pair of close decisions in his final two bouts.

McNall placed fourth at 133, earning three straight wins after an early loss to reach the third-place match before falling to Northwest’s Taylor Jeffries by decision, 5-3.

Jared Brant added a sixth-place effort at 141, reaching the consolation semifinals before dropping his final two matches.

The EOU women, meanwhile, took third despite having just four grapplers compete. Leah Olsen did the most damage for Eastern, going 3-1 at 116. She won two bouts by technical fall, including over teammate Cassidy Freeman.

Madisen Bozovich also took second, going 1-1 at 170 with a pin.

Alexis Cavero added a third-place effort at 155, posting a 2-2 mark.