Adams State tops Mavs in wrestling

Photo by William Woody—Mesa State’s Chase Walker, ranked sixth in the nation, works against Adam State’s Joey Deaguero, ranked fifth, on Thursday night during the 157-pound match at Brownson Arena. Walker lost 4-3 in the closing seconds of the match.

Adams State dominated some matches and found a way to win the close ones.

The 16th-ranked Grizzlies defeated Mesa State 29-9 in an RMAC wrestling dual Thursday night at Brownson Arena.

Adams State (7-5, 4-3 RMAC) won eight of the 10 matches, six by decision. Two of them in overtime.

“There was some key matchups that could’ve gone either way,” Adams State coach Jason Ramstetter said. “Judging by the score, it doesn’t look like a close dual, but we edged out all of those toss-up matches you don’t know who’s going to win. When you get those, that’s where it’s won.”

One of those was a matchup between the 157-pound fifth and sixth-ranked wrestlers in the nation. Fifth-ranked Joey Deaguero scored a reverse late in the third period to defeat sixth-ranked Chase Walker 4-3. Deaguero defeated Walker 4-2 earlier this season in Indianapolis.

“Chase goes out and wrestles tough, but he’s got to work harder,” Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher said. “He’s got to get it going. He’s got to find a way to win those (matches).”

Adams State 133-pounder Dominic Valencia scored a takedown in overtime to defeat an old high school teammate, Chris Rubalcaba, 4-2 in overtime.

“Rubalcaba wrestled a match where he needed to finish it,” Pipher said. “He makes mistakes where he gave the kid his takedowns. He gave him his hips in overtime. We’ve got to find ways to win. The kid is taking a breather timeout and we had the kid on the ropes.”

Adams State heavyweight Jeff Schossow defeated Trevor Stapp 3-1 in the other overtime match.

“That kid beat Trevor three times now,” Pipher said. “Our time will come. He’s right there, close. He had a shot, but got under the guy and got smothered.”

Seniors Cole Johnson (165) and Andy Laiminger (174) were the only winners for the Mavericks (3-5, 2-4 RMAC).

Johnson gutted out a 3-0 decision and Laiminger won by default.

Adams State’s other national ranked wrestlers had little trouble.

The nation’s top-ranked 141-pound wrestler, Josh Hensley, defeated Trevor Donarski by technical fall, 18-1.

National champions Arsenia Barksdale, ranked third at 125, and Kyle Sand, ranked fourth at 197, racked up 16 points each for victories.

“Their guys are defending national champs and we went after them,” Pipher said.

The Grizzlies’ Daniel Kelly, a Colorado high school state champion, defeated Tyler Juby, a Wyoming high school state champion, 10-3 at 149 and former four-time Colorado state champion Torben Walters defeated Chris Cielinski 4-0 at 184.


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