Win by Mavs’ heavyweight the good in bad loss to Pueblo

Win by Mavs' heavyweight the good in bad loss to Pueblo

Colorado Mesa’s Jon Gappmaier, back, gets the upper hand against CSU-Pueblo’s Levi Jutila in the 157-pound match Thursday at Brownson Arena. Gappmaier defeated Jutila 4-0, but the Mavs lost to the Thunderwolves 23-18, the Mavs’ first loss to CSU-Pueblo since its program was reinstated in 2008.

Paco Retana-Quinones usually weighs in several pounds lighter than the opponents he wrestles in the heavyweight class, but he often gives himself a chance to win.

The 218-pound Colorado Mesa University redshirt freshman was again outweighed, but got the win Thursday night, pinning Colorado State-Pueblo’s Bill Gray, who weighed in closer to 250 pounds, in one minute, 23 seconds.

“I went in fired up,” Retana-Quinones said. “By the way we started the dual, I went in with an attitude because I was not liking the way things were going.

“He got off balance and I took advantage.”

His win capped a string of four straight individual victories for the Mavericks, but it wasn’t enough.

Colorado State-Pueblo won six matches to defeat Colorado Mesa 23-18 in an RMAC wrestling dual at Brownson Arena. It was CSU-Pueblo’s first victory over the Mavericks (7-9, 2-3 RMAC) since the ThunderWolves’ program was reinstated three years ago.

“It was a one-match swing,” Colorado Mesa coach Chuck Pipher said. “Forty-nines was a tough one. We needed that one, 65s and 74s. Those are all winnable matches for us.”

The ThunderWolves (8-5, 3-2 RMAC) won one match by forfeit (Mesa lost another 125-pounder for the season) and one by technical fall, but it was the four decisions that proved costly.

The 149-pound match, in particular, was tough for Pipher to swallow.

Mesa’s Trevor Donarski rallied to tie the match with Nick Stahler 4-4 with a takedown. Donarski had Stahler on his back as time ran out in regulation, but didn’t get near fall points. Stahler received one riding time point for the 5-4 victory.

Pipher disputed the no-call and received a misconduct warning.

“My thoughts are when you get two, it doesn’t matter,” Pipher said. “If your back is in criteria (back on mat), it should be near fall points. That’s why I went to the table on it. When you get two points for a takedown and that opponent goes to his back, you don’t have to be in control of it.”

CSU-Pueblo’s Matt Addington defeated Dylan Granard 4-2 in overtime at 165 then Trevor Grant won an 8-4 decision over Zak Slotten at 174 to give the ThunderWolves an insurmountable 23-3 lead.

Jon Gappmaier (24-6) picked up Mesa’s only win in the first seven matches with a 4-0 decision over Levi Jutila at 157.

Nick Petersen (20-10) may of had the biggest win of the night with a 5-3 decision over No. 7 Adam Carey at 184. Jordan Passehl followed, pinning Cody Johnson in 1 minute, 57 seconds at 197. Retana-Quinones (11-19) concluded the dual with a pin.

“Paco is getting better and better every week,” Pipher said. “He may get beat, but he’s going to give you a lot of heart.”

Colorado Mesa wrestles No. 9 Adams State (7-1, 6-1 RMAC) at 7 tonight at Brownson Arena.

The Grizzlies defeated Western State 24-10 on Thursday night in Gunnison.


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