Slow start dooms CMU wrestlers

Colorado Mesa University fell behind early in its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestling dual Thursday at Adams State University, then fell short in its comeback attempt.

Adams State won six of the first seven matches to defeat the No. 9 Mavericks 21-18 at Plachy Hall in Alamosa.

Mesa upset the No. 9-ranked Grizzlies 22-17 last year at Brownson Arena for the Mavs’ first win over Adams State since the wrestling program was reinstated in 2006.

Thursday’s win put Adams State (7-3, 5-1) ahead of the Mavericks (19-3, 5-2) by a half-dual in the RMAC standings.

“We couldn’t get it going,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “We got beat at about every position.

“That was the worst we’ve wrestled all year as a team. We’ve had some guys not wrestle well before, but others stepped up.”

Adams State’s Jerry Huff, ranked eighth in the nation, pinned former Broomfield High School teammate Jonathon Stelling in 4 minutes, 38 seconds at 125 pounds.

Mesa’s Jon Gappmaier led 3-0 in the third period at 157, but lost a 7-3 decision.

Two of Mesa’s four victories were by forfeit. Drew Schumann received a forfeit at 141 with Adams State’s third-ranked Ryan Filligame out with an illness.

Mesa 174-pounder Zak Slotten went overtime to defeat eighth-ranked Jarrod Purvis for the second straight year. Slotten won 3-2 in the second overtime.

The Mavericks’ Nick Petersen won 5-1 at 184.

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