Two Mavs will wrestle for regional crowns
Colorado Mesa’s Nick Petersen and Jon Gappmaier reached the finals of the NCAA Division II Super Region IV wrestling championships Friday to qualify for the national tournament.
Two other Mavericks, Zak Slotten and James Martinez, will wrestle for third place today and a spot in nationals.
The top four men in each weight class qualify for the national tournament.
Petersen faces Western State’s Kyle Piatt, an Olathe High School graduate, in today’s 184-pound title match in Chadron, Neb. Petersen downed Jordan Debus of Chadron 5-2 in the semifinals.
Gappmaier beat Nebraska-Kearney’s Chase White 7-5 to get to the finals against Adams State’s Daniel Kelly.
Martinez lost to Kearney’s Raufeon Stots 3-1 in the 149-pound semifinals to move into the consolation semifinals.
He’ll face Noah Killip of Fort Hays, with that winner wrestling for third place. The loser moves into a wrestleback bracket for the final national berth.
Slotten is in the same position, wrestling Fort Hays’ Travis Budke at 174 pounds in the consolation semis after losing 3-1 in the semifinals to Kearney’s Patrick Martinez.
The Mavericks managed only six hits and committed three errors in a 9-0 loss at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
The Lopes (5-2) scored five runs on five hits in the fourth inning off Matt Williams, who took the loss, building a 6-0 lead. Five Mesa pitchers combined to give up 14 runs.
Nate Robertson and Jake Kluge had two hits each for the Mavericks (4-4).
Colorado Mesa fought back from a 12-9 deficit to tie Fort Lewis 13-13 with 9:28 to play at Walker Field.
With less than two minutes to play, however, the Skyhawks’ Ally Kvidera scored an unassisted goal for a 14-13 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association victory.
Ashley Eickhoff’s five goals led the Mavericks (0-2, 0-2 WILA).
Whitney Rowe ran two provisional national qualifying times in the RMAC indoor championships in Spearfish, S.D.
Rowe was second in the prelims of the women’s 60-meter dash, running a 7.75-second race to provisionally qualify for the Division II national indoor meet. Her prelim time of 25.8 seconds in the 200 meters was also a provisional qualifying time.
In women’s final events Friday, Kendra Naibauer placed seventh in the women’s weight throw (47 feet, 11 inches), Rowe was eighth in the long jump (16-10) and the distance medley relay team was sixth in 12:47.17.
Justin Wallace placed seventh in the men’s long jump (22-0.75) and the distance medley relay team was fourth (10.23.67). Cameron Morley was seventh in the heptathlon with 2,406 points.