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Third Ranked CSN Wrestlers Denied Trip to Nationals
Published on Sun, Mar 17, 2013 (10:19 p.m.)As the NCWA wrestling championships came to a close this weekend, the College of Southern Nevada wrestling team could only watch and think about what might have been. The Coyotes, ranked third nationally among NCWA Division 2 teams, were denied a chance to compete when their club advisor decided at the last minute not to accompany them on their trip the West Coast Conference Tournament in Riverside, California. CSN requires club advisors to attend all events, and the administration was not willing to consider any alternatives to allow the team to compete.
Head Coach Steve Hart, who also teaches Biology at Silverado High School, was disgusted with the situation. “The whole thing stinks. Some of these kids have been training since last July for the opportunity to be an All-American, and then the rug gets pulled out from under them like this. We were notified less than 48 hours before the entry deadline, so there was no way to make other plans.” It has been an ongoing struggle to keep the wrestling program alive at CSN as the team was denied any funding from the school senate and had to find its own practice facility. Nevertheless, the wrestlers kept their hopes alive that all the hard work would pay off.
The Coyotes were hoping to build on their momentum after winning the West Coast Conference Dual Meet Championships in February, and make a serious run at California Baptist in the West Coast Conference individual tournament. With CSN sitting at home, Cal Baptist won the NCWA Division 1 National Championships, held this weekend in Allen, Texas.
Team president Kory Koryakos echoed Coach Hart’s sentiments. “We worked hard all year, paid the school thousands of dollars in tuition, and then they pull this stuff on us.” Now we lose a year of college eligibility with nothing to show for it.”
The future of the program is now on hold. “I was told that the student senate would review the situation over the summer, but the feeling is that it is too much trouble to have club sports teams,” added Coach Hart. “It’s a shame because there are no other collegiate wrestling teams in Nevada and there is a lot of interest. Hopefully one of the other schools in the area will be open to sponsoring a team next year so these kids can continue their athletic careers right here in Las Vegas.”