Mesa State wrestlers tune up in Maroon & White Scrimmage

Mesa State 133-pounder Tyler Nelson, left, squeaks out a 1-0 win Wednesday night over Joe Hamilton during the Maroon & White Scrimmage at Brownson Arena.

The mat light didn’t change much.

Although the Mesa State College wrestling team held a scrimmage in front of the public, the matches were a lot like practice the past few weeks.

Nine of the 10 matches were decisions as the White team defeated the Maroon team 21-12 on Wednesday night during the annual Maroon & White Scrimmage at Brownson Arena.

“It’s tough, we’ve wrestled each other for four of five weeks now,” Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher said. “They know a lot of what’s going on. I think our hustle back to center was better. Our young guys wrestled tough.”

One of the young wrestlers, 125-pound freshman Clay Flot of Kersey, came up with the only bonus points victory, pinning freshman Daniel Romero of Carlsbad, Calif., in 2:46.

“Tonight’s match really didn’t depend on who won and lost,” Flot said. “It depends on how we show in the open tournaments.

“We’ve been wrestling a while and know each other’s moves. I ended up on top of him. Maybe next week he’ll end up on top of me.”

Freshmen Joe Hamilton (133), James Martinez (141), Zach Slotten (165), Jordan Passehl (197) and Paco Retana-Quinones (285) competed in their matches, but all came up short against veteran collegiate wrestlers.

Returning Mesa wrestlers Tyler Nelson (133), Rhett Breed (141), Trevor Donarski (149), Kyle Brightman (184) and Shane Miller (197) won decisions and are in position to win varsity spots.

“I thought Kyle (Brightman) turned it up a notch there,” Pipher said. “The first period of that match was like watching paint dry, but after that they got going. That’s what we want to see is more action.”

There are a couple weights that are wide open, including 157 pounds, where sophomore Jon Gappmaier held off redshirt freshman Telbe Storbeck by securing one point for riding time.

“Telbe needed more offense,” Pipher said. “That’s a problem Telbe has. (Jon) Gappmaier beat him on the offensive end of that.”

Although Pipher has a pretty good idea who will wrestle in the varsity spots, he has a few more weeks with open tournaments before settling on a certain lineup.

Pipher plans on taking 30 to 33 wrestlers to Laramie, Wyo., for the University of Wyoming Open on Saturday.


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