Briefs: Sports Mesa State Roundup March 14, 2009
Walker joins Mesa elite, will be an All-American
• Mesa State College junior Chase Walker made school history Friday in Houston.
The 157-pounder from Morgan, Utah, will be Mesa’s first All-American Division II wrestler after knocking out second-ranked Noomis Jones of Adams State.
Walker (31-6) avenged an earlier season loss to Jones with an 11-5 win in the second round of consolation. Walker can do no worse than place eighth and can place as high as third.
He dropped to the consolation bracket with a 13-5 loss in the quarterfinals to two-time national champion Todd Meneely of Nebraska-Omaha. The No. 1-ranked 157-pounder took Walker down five times en route to the victory.
Walker defeated Augustana (S.D.) College’s Jonathan Jackson 3-1 in the first round.
Rhett Breed’s hopes of being an All-American ended with a 10-6 loss to Central Oklahoma’s Scott Berens in the second round of consolation.
Breed (18-11), a 133-pound freshman, fell into the consolation bracket with a 5-0 loss to third-ranked Joe Kemmerer of Kutztown (Pa.) University in the first round.
Breed rebounded with an 11-3 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato’s Tim Haneberg in the first round of consolation.
• Colorado Christian defeated Mesa State for the first time in the four-year program’s history, stealing a 5-4 victory in the second game of a doubleheader at All-Star Park in Lakewood.
The fourth-ranked Mavericks (18-5, 8-2 RMAC) won the first game 29-7. Mesa is now 22-1 all-time against the Cougars (9-13, 3-5).
Colorado Christian senior pitcher Brett Myatt pitched a complete game in the Cougars’ victory. He allowed four runs on six hits, two walks and struck out two.
The Mavericks had no trouble scoring runs in the first game, plating six run in the sixth and nine in the seventh.
Austin Buck had a record-breaking performance, going 6 for 6 with a Mesa record-tying six runs and a Mesa record nine RBI. He played in place of an injured Kevin Becker.
The junior from Westminster hit a three-run home run in the sixth and a two-run blast in the ninth.