3 Mavs place in Cal wrestling tournament

The 13th-ranked Colorado Mesa University wrestling team had three wrestlers place Saturday at the California Collegiate Open at San Francisco State.

The tournament included NCAA Division I schools Stanford and Oregon State.

Sixth-ranked Chester Granard was the highest finisher for the Mavericks, claiming second at 174 pounds, losing a 7-2 decision to Southern Oregon’s Brock Gutches in the finals.

After squeaking by Cal State-Bakersfield’s Jesus Ambriz on a 5-4 decision during his first match, Granard cruised through his next two matches. He topped Stanford’s Dylan Morris 11-3 and beat Nick Karis, an unattached wrestler, 8-1 to secure a spot in the championship.

Jessie Hoffschneider and Trevor Donarski each placed fourth.

Hoffschneider lost his third-place match at 165 pounds with a technical fall in 1 minute, 11 seconds against Oregon State’s Alex Elder. Hoffschneider won his first two matches by decision, beating Cal Poly wrestler John Applegate 17-2 and Southern Oregon’s Garrett Urrutia 11-6.

Donarski powered through the 157 pound bracket, winning two matches by decision, before losing to Cal Poly’s Luke McDonald 5-2 and then Cal Baptist’s Brady Bersano 11-2. 

Second-ranked James Martinez (149) and Daniel Salazar (141) didn’t compete in the tournament after sustaining undisclosed injuries.

Mesa hosts 15th-ranked Adams State at 7 p.m. on Friday.


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