Sports Briefs, Oct. 19, 2011
Mesa picked to finish 7th in RMAC
Colorado Mesa University is predicted to place seventh in the RMAC preseason wrestling poll, released Wednesday.
The Mavericks took seventh place last year in the RMAC/NCAA West Region tournament last season.
Nebraska-Kearney is expected to win the RMAC with six first-place votes. The Lopers have five of the 10 preseason All-RMAC wrestlers, including the preseason wrestler of the year, T.J. Hepburn.
Grand Canyon is picked second followed by Adams State, Fort Hays State, San Francisco State and Western State.
Colorado Mesa hosts its maroon and white scrimmage at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at Brownson Arena.
Mesa women ranked 8th in region
Colorado Mesa’s women’s soccer team is ranked eighth in the first NCAA Central Region poll, released Wednesday.
The top six teams qualify for the NCAA tournament.
Metro State (10-3-1) is first and Colorado Mines (11-2-1) is second. The top two teams receive first-round byes.
Fort Lewis (11-1-3), Regis (11-4-0), Minnesota State (12-1-1) and Winona State (Minn.) (11-2-1) round out the top six.
The Colorado Mesa men’s soccer team is not ranked in the region. The top four teams qualify for the NCAA tournament.
Tigers win sportsmanship award
The Grand Junction High School boys tennis team came up short of winning a state team title, but it came away with CHSAA Class 5A Sportsmanship Award.
The sportsmanship award is given based on nominations from coaches, parents and players.
The Tigers took third place with 42 points. No. 1 singles player Spencer Weinberg and the No. 1 doubles team of Jacob Filutze and Owen Gartner took second place.
The No. 2 duo of Max Proietti and Daniel Ness and the No. 3 team of Gabe Campos and Jeff Hansen placed fourth.
Mavericks sweep RMAC awards
Colorado Mesa University swept the weekly conference awards after dominating the Rocky Mountain Invitational last week in Golden.
Kent Stavrakas, a junior from Littleton, is the RMAC men’s swimmer of the week after winning three events and earning “B” cut times in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay. He’s ranked third in the nation in the 50 free and eight in the 100 butterfly.
Katie Wedel, a senior from Pueblo, won three title in Golden and is ranked fifth nationally in the 200 breaststroke, 10th in the 100 breaststroke and 15th in 100 butterfly. She was selected the RMAC women’s swimmer of the week.
Brock Martin, a sophomore from Evanston, Wyo., won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving titles last week and was selected the diver of the week with Brooke Lera, a freshman from Kemah, Texas, won the 3-meter title, her first collegiate championship, and was second on the 1-meter board, claiming the women’s diver of the week award. The Mavericks are off until Oct. 28, when they travel to the Air Force Duals in Colorado Springs.