Mavericks top No. 9 Adams State
Zak Slotten just needed to get out from underneath Adams State’s Jarrod Purvis to accumulate more riding time and win.
The Colorado Mesa University sophomore wrestler did more than that Friday night at Brownson Arena. He took Purvis down and pinned him in the seventh overtime period, sparking the Mavericks to a 22-17 victory over No. 9 Adams State. It was Mesa’s first victory over the Grizzlies since the program was reinstated in the 2006-07 season.
“It was just heart and staying in good position,” Slotten said, still trying to put the victory in perspective. “I don’t know what to say. ... It’s a good feeling.”
Mesa’s lone senior, Korey Kennedy, who was recognized on senior night, knew what to say.
“I’m just glad we came out and showed how well we can do as a team,” Kennedy said. “That means a lot to me. I believe in this team more than anything. To see these guys wrestles like that is more than I need.”
Slotten scored an escape point in the third period to force overtime, but neither wrestler could score in the first overtime period.
The next two periods were each 30 seconds, with each wrestler getting one opportunity on top and bottom to score, but it didn’t happen.
There was another one-minute scoreless overtime period before they attempted two more 30-second periods. Slotten finally took Purvis down and pinned him with a far-knee block with six seconds left. The 404 fans in attendance erupted.
“Everyone came out and wrestled tough,” Mesa’s James Martinez said. “When Zak Slotten won that match, that made the morale of the team go through the roof.”
“Zak’s match was a barn-burner,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “That put us in it. He stayed sound in there. That’s a move he likes to hit. The kid got out of position and he hit it.
“You’re going to have matches like that. We needed that from Zak.”
Slotten’s victory was gave Mesa its first lead of the night, 15-14, with three matches left.
Nick Petersen followed with an 11-2 victory over winless Darian Roberts for a 19-14 lead, but Adams State’s No. 2 ranked Luke McPeek picked up a 9-3 decision over Jordan Passehl. Mesa received a point-penalty for misconduct early in the match when the bench argued a no-call when Passehl was injured. Passehl gallantly continued but it wasn’t enough.
The dual came down to the heavyweight match and Mesa’s Paco Rentana-Quinones was up for it.
The 218-pounder scored eight near-fall points in the second period and won 12-4.
“This home-crowd thing, I’m loving it,” Retana-Quinones said. “There is a bunch of support. The louder people get, the better I wrestle.”
Colorado Mesa’s 141-pound redshirt freshman, James Martinez, got the Mavericks going with an 8-6 victory over No. 8-ranked Max Ortega in a back-and-forth match that needed one overtime period.
Jon Gappmaier remained undefeated in RMAC duals with a 7-4 victory in a rubber match over Daniel Kelly at 157 pounds. The two split results earlier this season in tournaments.
Dylan Granard got a riding time point for a 6-5 decision over Cortez’s Justin Samora at 165.
“For some reason, the last three weeks we’ve had back-to-back duals and we wrestle bad the first night then wrestle tough the second night,” Pipher said. “Guys really wrestled tough, especially giving up six at 25s.”
Colorado Mesa forfeited at 125. The Mavericks have lost wrestlers to injury, ineligibility and leaving the team at that weight.