Mesa wrestling team falls to Western State

Mesa State’s wrestling team fell in an early hole and couldn’t get out against the sixth-ranked team in the nation.

Western State won seven matches, including one by forfeit, to defeat the Mavericks 28-12 in a nonconference dual Thursday night in Gunnison.

“We lost a lot of close matches,” Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher said. “We wrestled well, we just needed a few more wins.”

Mesa State 165-pound redshirt freshman Dylan Garnard pinned national qualifier Zach Frazier with 43 seconds left in the match for six points.

The Mavericks’ Tyler Nelson won a 5-4 decision at 133 pounds and Trevor Donarski won a 3-2 decision over Justin Keys at 149.

Mesa State didn’t make weight at 125 and had to forfeit, falling behind 6-0.

“We got a win there a week and a half ago,” Pipher said.

Second-ranked Charlie Pipher, Chuck’s son, pinned Mesa’s Kyle Brightman with the Pipher specialty, a cradle, in 3:29 at 184 pounds.

No. 1-ranked Donovan McMahill defeated Shane Miller 8-2 at 197.

Western’s Jesse Cruz, a returning national qualifier, defeated Rhett Breed 11-0.


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