Mines on tap for Mesa wrestlers
Colorado Mesa will fall short of winning the RMAC regular season wrestling title, but it can finish the regular season with a victory and some momentum this weekend.
Colorado Mesa wrestles the Colorado School of Mines at 7 p.m. Saturday at Brownson Arena. The NCAA Division II West Regional is the following weekend in Chadron, Neb.
The Mavericks, who slipped five spots to No. 14 in the Division II coaches poll, will recognize their three seniors — Tyler Nelson (133 pounds), Jon Gappmaier (157) and Nick Petersen (184) — before Saturday’s dual.
All three will wrestle Saturday, but starters Zak Slotten (174), Paco Retana (285), James Martinez (49) and Chester Granard (165) likely won’t, CMU coach Chuck Pipher said.
Granard remains out with a blood illness. Slotten, Retana and Martinez are resting.
“We’re a little beat up, but you’ve got to keep going.” Pipher said. “Mines is a young team, but they have some good kids.”
Mines has six freshmen slated to wrestle against Mesa, Pipher said.
CMU hosts Alpine ski invite
The Colorado Mesa Alpine ski team is hosting an invitational Saturday and Sunday at Powderhorn Mountain Resort.
The giant slalom race takes place Saturday on Wonderbump. The women go at 9 a.m. and the men at 10:30 a.m.
The slalom race is Sunday with the women starting at 9 a.m. and the men at 10:30 a.m.
CMU’s Sarah Gregory won last Sunday’s race in Telluride and finished second in last Saturday’s competition.
This weekend’s races mark the last in a series of four competitions to qualify for the United States Collegiate Ski Association Western Regional Championships the next weekend at Red Lodge, Mont.
CMU Nordic skiers flourish
Several members of Colorado Mesa’s Nordic ski team are ranked in the top 10 in the Rocky Mountain Conference.
For the CMU women, Mira Hopkins, a freshman from Anchorage, Alaska, is ranked No. 1 in the conference. Senior Brooke Bosman is fourth, junior Courtney Berg sixth and sophomore Kacie McCleary eighth.
For the CMU men, senior Tre Anastasia is ranked fourth, and sophomore Duncan Koehn is fifth in the conference.