Mavs win all three duals at Western

Jon Gappmaier and Nick Peterson each went 3-0 as Colorado Mesa University’s wrestling team won all three of its duals Saturday in the 23rd annual Tracy Borah Duals at Western State Colorado University.

Gappmaier won two of his matches at 157 pounds by pin and the other by major decision as the Mavericks, ranked 14th in NCAA Division II, downed Southwest Minnesota State 32-9, Western Wyoming Community College 34-15 and the Air Force Academy’s junior varsity 29-18.

Southwest Minnesota was the only Division II match the Mavericks had in the day-long meet.

Gappmaier’s pin of Travis Lonstin gave the Mavericks an 18-3 lead over Southwest Minnesota, and Mitch Wyatt’s 7-6 win over Andrew Rodas at 174 pounds helped seal the dual win.

Peterson followed with a 15-6 decision over Travis Peralta at 184 pounds, and Jordan Passehl downed Micah Larson 7-5 at 197 for a 28-9 lead. Paco Retana, who went 2-1 on the day, won the 285-pound match in a major decision, 21-9, over Todd Klemz.

The Mavericks won five of the first six matches against Western Wyoming, with James Martinez, who went 2-0 at 149 pounds, pinning Mario Luna in the second period.

Gappmaier’s major decision over Dixon Richins made it 20-3, and the Mavericks got a technical fall from Peterson.

Gappmaier wrapped up his day with a pin over Air Force’s Adam Jackson to give the Mavericks an insurmountable 26-0 lead after five matches.

Peterson claimed a 5-2 decision over Jared Koch. Martinez, who did not wrestle against Southwest Minnesota, recorded a major decision over the Falcons’ Andrew White.

Drew Schumann went 2-0 at 141 pounds, including a 10-2 major decision over Andy Jones of Air Force, plus a win by forfeit.

Track & Field

Shane Niksic and John Cusick led a small CMU contingent at the Air Force Academy’s All-Comers indoor meet Saturday.

Niksic placed fourth in the men’s mile run in 4 minutes, 36.11 seconds and was 14th in the 800 meters (2:05.66). CMU’s John Carlton was eighth in the 800 (2:02.15).

Several scratches made the men’s 3,000 meters a two-man race, with Cusick finishing second to Colorado Christian’s Peter Cunningham in 11:37.68. Cusick was also sixth in the mile (4:40.65).

The Mavericks’ Justin Wallace was second in the long jump (21 feet, 4.25 inches) and placed seventh in the triple jump (42-9.5).

In the women’s meet, Chelsea Lyons placed eighth in the 800 meters (2:38.68), and Sara Speedlin was eighth in the mile (6:51.17).


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