Wrestling team has big day in Greeley
Chester Granard won his first college wrestling tournament Saturday, and Trevor Donarski won his second straight championship at the Northern Colorado Old Chicago Open in Greeley.
Colorado Mesa placed 16 wrestlers in the tournament.
Granard won his first championship at 165 pounds, a weight class in which the Mavericks placed three wrestlers. Granard defeated Jessie Hoffschneider of CMU 4-1 in the semifinals, then downed Iver Sandoval of Northern Colorado 9-4 in the title match.
Donarski won the 157-pound title, defeating teammate Nick Swanson in the semifinals, after winning the 149-pound title a year ago. In the title match, Donarski edged John Crowley of Colorado Mines 6-5. Swanson finished sixth, defaulting by injury in the consolation match.
Hoffschneider placed fourth at 165, losing 7-6 to Charlie Martin of UNC. Mesa’s Caleb Wyatt defeated Eric Albers of Air Force Prep 6-1 in the fifth-place match.
No team scores are kept in open tournaments, and schools can enter more than one wrestler in a weight class. Wrestlers planning to redshirt are allowed to wrestle as unattached athletes.
Mesa’s Justin Schumacher lost in the 149-pound title match to Northern Colorado’s Justin Gonzales 11-3, one of three other CMU wrestlers to reach the finals in their weight classes. Nick Peterson was second to Nick Bayer of Northern Colorado at 184 pounds, losing 4-2 in the second sudden-victory-overtime period. CMU teammate Zak Slotten placed third in the weight class, defeating Ryan Swanson of Mines 6-3.
Jake Goddard placed second at 197 pounds, losing 7-0 to Northern Colorado’s Brian Macchione.
Daniel Salazar won his 133-pound third-place match 2-1 over Caleb Walker of Western Wyoming. Olathe High School graduate Zach Shank, wrestling for Western State, placed second. Mesa’s Aaron Shaffer was fifth at 133, defeating Western State’s Evan Boulton by a 12-2 major decision.
Also placing third for the Mavericks was Drew Schumann at 141 pounds, with Shannon Maris sixth. Also placing for CMU were Chuck Lueth (fourth, 174), Mitch Wyatt (sixth, 174) and Paco Retana (fourth, heavyweight).
Swimming and Diving
Colorado Mesa won four consecutive men’s races in the finals during the first day of the CMU Invitational.
Shane Seuschek won the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute, 58.73 seconds. In the next men’s final, Tyler Kaslik won the 500 freestyle (4:51.98). Brett Lowe then won the 100 breaststroke (59.61) and Sean Simpson won the 50 butterfly (24.09). El hozzaz Mendi won the Mavericks’ fifth men’s race, the 100 freestyle, in 47.2 seconds.
The CMU women won two races. Kelly Hogan won the 500 freestyle in 5:20.62 and Amy Brodie won the 100 free in 54.77 seconds.
The two-day meet wraps up today, with preliminary races at 9 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m. at El Pomar Natatorium.