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Ram Rugby Club Wins Cowboy Cup

March 30, 2017

Angelo State University’s Ram Rugby Football Club won the National Small College Rugby Organization’s (NSCRO) Cowboy Cup Championship, which doubles as the first round of the national Champions Cup Playoffs, March 25-26 at the University of Dallas in Irving.

<strong>Ram Rugby Football Club - 2017 Cowboy Cup Champions</strong>Ram Rugby Football Club - 2017 Cowboy Cup ChampionsThe ASU team beat the University of Dallas Rugby Football Club, 40-34, in the final to claim the championship after defeating the Regis University Rugby Club, 63-15, in the semi-finals. By winning the Cowboy Cup, Ram Rugby advances to the NSCRO PacWest Region Championship to be held April 8-9 in Claremont, Calif. The winner of the regional round will advance to the Champions Cup Finals April 29-30 in Glendale, Colo. 

Ram Rugby entered the NSCRO Champions Cup Playoffs after completing an undefeated regular season and winning its second straight Lonestar Conference Championship, making ASU the de facto Texas State Champion for the second straight year. 

Ram Rugby players are: Landon Bishop of San Antonio, Brandon Atnipp of Del Rio, Kyle Klausner of San Angelo, Cain Gallant of Ballinger, Anthony Kisiday of Medina, Ohio, Cesar Escajeda of Del Rio, Luke Snitkin of Llano, Preston Granzin of Red Oak, Tashir Newsome of Philadelphia, Penn., Tadeo Canon-Masjoan of Cordoba, Argentina, Mychael Tijerina of Robert Lee, Gavin Crowder of Round Rock, Kyle Newman of Castroville, Stetson Timmons of Littlefield, Paul Nyuyen of Port Arther, Erik Karzales of Ozona, Kevin Reid II of Rosenberg, Tyler Cole of Arcadia, La., Beau Waskon of Queensland, Australia, Troy Knudsen of Allen, Emmett Spooner of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tyler Holder of San Antonio, Austin Vandiver of Mt. Cotton, Australia, Derrick Clifton of Vernon, Andrew Davis of Sweetwater, Brian Signorelli III of Auckland, New Zealand, Ahmad Al-Ride of Kerrville, Muliaga Paki Lelatuti of Apia, Samoa, Geoffrey Johnston of Panama City, Panama, Kenneth Roller of Lake Travis, Mbulelo Maqungo of Cape Town, South Africa, Tyler Wallace of San Angelo, and Nolan Wleczyk of Moscow, Russia. 

The team is coached by Preston Granzin, Nate McKinnerney and Dundy Walker. The faculty co-advisors are Dr. John Klingemann, chair of the Department of History, and Gustavo “Manny” Campos, instructor in political science. 

Unlike intramural teams, ASU club sports teams are registered student organizations that are directed and funded by the Office of Student Life and overseen by the Club Sports Council.