Briefs: Local Sports January 09, 2009
• Mesa State, Highlands battle to tie
Mesa State split the number of wins and pins and settled for a 23-23 tie with New Mexico Highlands in an RMAC dual on Thursday night in Las Vegas, N.M.
The Mavericks (1-0-1, 1-0-1 RMAC) won four of the five lower weight matches and led 17-6 only to lose four of the last five.
What might been more disappointing for the Mavericks are two losses by pin in the final seconds of a period.
Keith Johnson was pinned with one second left in the second period and James Breidel was pinned with two seconds left in the first period.
“We had them were we wanted them but everything fell their way,” Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher said. “We had three matches that could’ve gone the other way. We definitely had a win in our grasp.”
Mesa’s Chase Walker pinned Nick Sanchez in 4:43 at 157 pounds and Andy Laiminger pinned Andrew Roden in 4:00 at 184. Miguel Baltazar won by technical fall at 125 for the Mavericks. Mesa’s Rhett Breed and Jason Wenger won by decision at 133 and 141.
Mesa State wrestles at No. 6 Adams State at 7 tonight. The Grizzlies defeated CSU-Pueblo 26-18.
GIRLS High School Basketball
• Central opened the Webb-Toyota 2009 Bronco Invite in Kirtland, N.M., with a 54-33 victory over Thoreau, N.M.
The Warriors led just 21-16 at halftime but switching to a 1-3-1 zone defense in the second half did the trick.
That defense gave up only three points in the third quarter and allowed Central to pull away.
Amy Kame led Central with 27 points. Stacey Kinnett added nine points and Mikayla Duffy seven.
The Warriors (5-4) play Gallup, N.M., in the semifinals tonight.