Mavericks swept at Grand Canyon Duals

Colorado Mesa was excited to prove themselves against some of the top teams in NCAA Division II wrestling.

The No. 18 Mavericks’ excitement turned into disappointment. CMU was swept by three top-10 teams and a national club champion on Saturday in the Grand Canyon (Ariz.) Duals in Phoenix.

“I don’t know if we were hyped up to wrestle top-ranked teams or what,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “We wrestled really well against Newberry. We battled with St. Cloud, then we turn around and didn’t wrestle Mercyhurst or Cal Baptist tough at all.

“It was some tough competition. I’m disappointed in how we competed in the last two duals.”

Colorado Mesa pushed top-ranked Newberry (S.C.) College to the final match in the first dual, but fell short, 25-18.

CMU 174-pound sophomore Zak Slotten gave the Mavericks a chance against Newberry with a 5-4 victory over sixth-ranked Travis Sheehy, but the Wolves won two of the final three matches.

“That was a good win for us there,” Pipher said. “Dylan (Granard) and (Nick) Petersen lost. Those two had good shots at winning. You change that around and we’re in there (for a win).”

Tyler Nelson (133 pounds) and Jon Gappmaier (157) pinned their opponents. CMU redshirt freshman Jordan Passehl (197) won a 10-4 decision.

Third-ranked St. Cloud State won seven consecutive matches to roll past the Mavericks 33-6. Six of the Huskies’ wins were decisions.

Top-ranked Tad Merritt pinned No. 4 Granard in 2 minutes, 13 seconds at 165. Nelson and James Martinez (141) each won decisions for Mesa.

No. 9 Mercyhurst won eight of 10 matches to defeat Mesa 28-9. Five of the Lakers wins’ were by decision and three were by major decision.

Martinez scored six points for the Mavs with a pin. Passehl won an 8-4 decision at 197.

California Baptist won the final two matches to defeat Mesa 27-15. The Lancers had two pins, one technical fall and three decisions.

Nick Petersen cut the Mavs’ deficit to three points with a pin of Kyle Matthews in 3:44 at 184. Martinez, Granard and Slotten won decisions.

Martinez was 3-1 on the day to lead CMU. Nelson, Slotten and Passehl each won two matches.

Colorado Mesa wrestles NAIA Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and No. 5 Grand Canyon (Ariz.) in duals on Monday in Phoenix. The dual with Grand Canyon is an RMAC dual.


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