Mavs finish seventh in Midwest Classic

Five Mesa State College wrestlers placed in the top eight to lead the Mavericks to a seventh-place finish Sunday in the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis.

Five of the six teams that finished ahead of Mesa State are ranked in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Top 20.

Wisconsin-Parkside, ranked eighth, placed nine of its 10 wrestlers to win the team title with 127 points. Tenth-ranked Adams State took third with 110. Mesa State had 64.5 points.

“We wrestled some of the top teams in the nation,” Mesa coach Chuck Pipher said. “Placing seventh is pretty good. I wasn’t pleased with (Sunday) as far as wins and losses.”

Chase Walker led Mesa with a fifth-place finish at 157 pounds. The senior rebounded from a loss in the quarterfinals to win three matches, including a forfeit victory over Wisconsin-Parkside’s Dillon Bera, who defeated Walker in the quarterfinals. Adams State’s Joey Deaguero defeated Walker in a 4-2 decision to advance to the third-place match.

Mesa’s two semifinalists, Chris Rubalcaba (133 pounds) and Shane Miller (197), lost three consecutive matches to place sixth. Rubalcaba, a freshman, lost to the seventh seed and third seed to fall into the fifth-place match. Miller, a junior, lost to the second seed and fourth seed before he was pinned in the fifth-place match.

Mesa senior Cole Johnson placed seventh at 165 with a 6-5 decision over seventh seed Donnie Bowden of Northern State (S.D.). Johnson lost to the No. 2 seed in the consolation bracket to drop to the seventh-place match.

“Cole and Chase wrestled well at times, but you could tell they are in their fourth, fifth and sixth matches of the year.”

Another Mesa senior, Andy Laiminger, took eighth place at 174 pounds. He lost to the fifth seed and seventh seed in the consolation bracket.

It was Laiminger’s first tournament this season at 174.

MESA HALL OF HONOR

Two former Mesa State student-athletes and two former coaches will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Browson Arena.

Tickets are available at http://www.mesastate.edu/alum/hallofhonorbanquet.html

The 2010 class includes football kicker Tracy Bennett, volleyball player Pam Glenn (Hagar), men’s basketball coach Doug Schakel and football coach Jack Perrin.


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