Granard, Salazar win titles for CMU
Colorado Mesa University claimed two individual titles and three runner-up finishes Saturday in the Colorado Mesa Double Tree Open wrestling tournament at Brownson Arena.
In a battle of All-Americans, CMU’s James Martinez came up a little short at 149 pounds. Martinez lost 8-3 to Mike Hamel of Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University in the title match.
Both wrestlers dominated most of their matches on their way to the championship match. Martinez scored an overtime victory, then a technical fall, pin and majority decision.
Hamel had a bye, then scored a major decision, 10-4, and a technical fall to face Martinez.
Chester Granard, an All-American two years ago, won the 174-pound division with a 4-0 decision over Matt Addington of CSU-Pueblo and became CMU’s all-time leader in wins.
CMU’s second individual champion came at 141 with Daniel Salazar scoring a 7-4 decision over Austin Solari of Grand Canyon.
CMU coach Chuck Pipher said he was pleased with a number of his wrestlers in the open tournament, which kept no team scores.
“Some of our young kids wrestled well, and our older guys found out where they’re at,” he said.
Pipher said he was extremely pleased with Salazar’s championship performance.
“He wrestled really well. We bumped him to that weight from last year,” he said.
CMU’s Mac Borrego had a good tournament at 125, placing second, dropping a 4-1 decision in the title match to Luis Gurule of Colorado School of Mines.
CMU also had the third-place finisher at 125: Erick Vargas.
Jessie Hoffschneider at 165 and Caleb Wyatt at 184 picked up second-place finishes for CMU.
Wyatt lost by a 13-4 major decision to Kyle Piatt of Western State, and Hoffschneider had to overcome a tough teammate in the semifinals just to make the finals.
Hoffschneider pulled out a 3-2 win over Drake Dudley, then lost to CSU-Pueblo’s Ray Hall by a 12-4 major decision in the finals.
In what was a talent-heavy weight class for the Mavericks, Dudley then lost to CMU teammate Randy Boerner by pin in the third-place match.
Jordan Passehl placed third at heavyweight for CMU. Trevor Donarski at 157 and Scott Verner at 184 each placed fourth for the Mavericks.
Wrestlers from eight different schools competed in the tournament.
Western State Colorado University had the most titles with three, and CMU and Mines each had two individual titles.