Pipher not happy after Mesa loses to Chadron State

Conditioning — or a lack thereof — can make all the difference in wrestling and it did Thursday night.

Chadron State outlasted Colorado Mesa in two critical matches en route to a 22-13 RMAC victory over the Mavericks at Brownson Arena.

Chadron State senior Mikah Kadera rallied to force overtime and defeat Mesa’s Dylan Granard 5-3 in overtime at 165 pounds. In the next match at 174 pounds, Chadron’s Bret Klopp scored a takedown and two escapes in the third period to defeat Zak Slotten 6-3.

“Both of our guys were out of shape and lost it in the end,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “We gave up a takedown with no time left on the clock and lose in overtime (at 165). We looked dead at 65 and 74s. We looked out of shape and wrestled like we were out of shape.

“We tell (the team) they’ve got to do extra. Some do and some don’t.”

Chadron State coach Scott Ritzen felt those two matches were a big reason for the Eagles’ victory.

“Mikah beat (Granard) earlier this year,” Ritzen said. “He knows what he has to do. He proved something to me and to himself. He can finish matches and he can hang in there. Bret Klopp is going to surprise a lot of people, but he’s still learning.”

Klopp was one of six Chadron underclassmen on the mat against Mesa.

“We’re a real young team,” Ritzen said. “Sometimes that youth, they don’t know what you have to bring every night. You can take a minute off here or 30 seconds there. It just doesn’t work that way at this level, especially Chuck’s kids. They’re going to wrestle hard the whole time. I told our guys you better be ready, because they will not quit. I’m proud of our guys, they hung in there.”

Mesa junior Nick Petersen (17-9) gave the Mavs a chance to recover and win the dual with an 8-2 decision at 184 pounds, but the Eagles (4-4, 1-2 RMAC) won the final two matches.

The Mavericks (5-7, 0-2 RMAC) nearly picked up a six-point win at 197 pounds when Chadron State junior Chris Leak slammed Jordan Passehl to the mat. Passehl eventually got up and finished the match, losing 13-3. If Passehl didn’t get up, Leak would’ve been disqualified, giving the Mavs six team points.

“I thought (Passehl) had a concussion,” Pipher said. “If he wouldn’t have gotten up in time, it would’ve been over. That wins the dual for us.

“Ethically, you don’t want to win like that. If he can get up, you need to get up.”

Mesa heavyweight Paco Retana-Quinones had Mike Hill on the mat, but couldn’t keep him there. Hill won a 6-2 decision.

The Mavericks gave up six points from the start with a forfeit at 125 pounds. Mesa had to forfeit because Daniel Romero quit the team earlier in the day.

The Mavericks wrestle New Mexico Highlands at 6 tonight at Brownson Arena and will likely forfeit at that weight again.

Colorado Mesa’s Tyler Nelson (12-6) scored an escape and a takedown in the third period to defeat Dustin Stodola 4-3 at 133 pounds. Trevor Donarski (14-8) didn’t let C.J. Clark up in a 5-0 victory at 149. Jon Gappmaier (20-6) built a 4-1 lead in the first period and pulled away in an 11-3 major decision at 157.

“Nick Petersen and Tyler Nelson had good matches,” Pipher said. “They both lost to those guys at the Wyoming Open. Good matches for Donarski and Gappmaier. They wrestled real solid.”

Chadron State won a 7-5 decision at 141 pounds in a matchup of freshmen.


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