Colo. Mesa grapplers get road win at Chadron St.

Colorado Mesa University triumphed in seven of 10 matches Thursday to win its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener 24-9 on the road against Chadron State (Neb.) College.

The No. 10 Mavericks (11-1, 1-0 RMAC) won six matches by decision and got a pin from James Martinez at 149 pounds.

Martinez pinned Reed Burgener in two minutes, 19 seconds. CMU coach Chuck Pipher classifies Martinez as a pinner, someone who knows how to work an opponent when he gets on top, and that was the case Thursday.

Pipher said CMU scored important victories at 125 pounds, where Jonathon Stelling won 9-3, and at 197 pounds, where Jordan Passehl won 7-6 over Chris Leak.

“It was a good solid match at 25, freshman versus freshman. That was a good win for us,” Pipher said. “And we got a great win at 97, Passehl. He beat a kid who has beaten him in the past. And (Zak) Slotten at 74 beat a kid who had beaten him last year.”

One of the Mavericks’ losses was in overtime at 141 pounds, where Drew Schumann fell 5-3.

Mesa senior Jon Gappmaier, ranked second in the nation at 157 pounds, defeated Bruce Zurek 7-4.

Chester Granard, ranked eighth, won a one-point match at 165, prevailing 4-3.

Slotten followed with a 5-3 victory over Bret Klopp at 174 then Nick Petersen defeated Jordan Debus 3-1 at 184.

Chadron State (5-4, 1-2 RMAC) had wins at 133, 141 and 285 pounds.

“Chadron’s been wrestling well,” Pipher said. “It was a good win for us to start off the weekend.”

The Mavericks remain in Nebraska to wrestle four duals Saturday at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

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