Mavericks wrestle well at regionals in Kansas
Colorado Mesa University has at least four wrestlers going to nationals and could have more.
Junior 157-pounder Jon Gappmaier, sophomore Dylan Granard (165), junior Nick Petersen (184) and redshirt freshman Paco Retana-Quinones (285) won semifinal matches Saturday in the NCAA Division II Super Regional 4 at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. The four qualified for nationals and will wrestle in the regional championship finals today.
The 16th-ranked Mavericks are in third place with 76.5 points. No. 7 Grand Canyon is in first with 88.5 and No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney is second with 83.5.
“The guys wrestled pretty well,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “It came together for us. Gappmaier wrestled like he has all year. Granard turned it on at the right time. Petersen wrestled two tough kids and Paco was unbelievable. He pinned a kid that was a transfer from Iowa.”
Tyler Nelson (133), James Martinez (141) and Zak Slotten (174) are in the consolation semifinals and could still qualify for nationals.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualify for nationals. The fifth-place wrestler can challenge the fourth-place wrestler for the last qualifying spot if they haven’t wrestled earlier in the tournament.
Colorado Mesa pitchers Catherine Floyd and Courtney Maihi combined to limit Colorado State-Pueblo to 10 runs on 14 hits in an RMAC doubleheader sweep at Bergman Field.
The Mavericks defeated CSU-Pueblo 5-4 in the first game and 14-6 in the second game.
Mesa (4-2, 2-0 RMAC) built a 5-0 lead in the first game, but the ThunderWolves (2-4, 0-2 RMAC) rallied to score four runs in the top of the seventh before Floyd got the final out. Floyd allowed four runs on nine hits in seven innings.
Jessica Albertson had a two-run triple in the second, Lauren Cross hit an RBI double in the third and Lisa Pille had an RBI double in the fourth.
Mesa scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of the second game to win by the eight-run rule.
Track & Field
The Mavericks’ men’s and women’s teams finished eighth and 10th in the RMAC Indoor Championships in Chadron, Neb.
The men’s 1,600-meter relay team placed seventh in 3 minutes, 33.19 seconds to score two points for the Mavericks in their first RMAC Indoor Championships.
The women’ 1,600 relay team scored Mesa’s only point with an eighth-place finish in 4:08.42.