CMU wrestling team beats top juco program
Colorado Mesa defeated the top-ranked junior college wrestling team in the nation at a neutral site Wednesday night in Vernal, Utah.
The Mavericks (2-0) won six matches to defeat Northwest (Wyo.) College 25-13. The Trappers are ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA poll,
Junior James Martinez, ranked third at 149 pounds, and 197-pound junior Paco Retana pinned their opponents.
Eighth-ranked Chester Granard (5-0) dominated for a 13-1 major decision at 174 pounds.
Jonathon Stelling (133), Jessie Hoffschneider (165) and Jordan Passehl (285) won decision.
Mesa’s Erick Vargas (125), Daniel Salazar (141), Trevor Donarski (157) and Scott Verner (184) lost decisions. Donarski lost an 8-4 decision to a returning national runner-up.
Colorado Mesa wrestles in the Northern Colorado Old Chicago Open on Saturday in Greeley.
Colorado Mesa remains in the hunt for an at-large bid in the NCAA Division II tournament.
The Mavericks (19-7, 11-6 RMAC) dropped one spot to eighth in the South Central Region poll, released Wednesday. Eight teams from the region qualify for the NCAA tournament, including the conference tournament champions from the RMAC, Heartland and Lone Star conferences.
Colorado Mesa is in fifth place in the RMAC standings after Tuesday night’s matches and hosts CSU-Pueblo (10-17, 7-10 RMAC) at 7 p.m. Friday and New Mexico Highlands (12-14, 6-11 RMAC) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Colorado Mesa No. 1 singles player Jordan Lyden became the first men’s tennis player in school history to receive an Intercollegiate Tennis Association national ranking.
Lyden (8-1) is ranked 22nd in the first poll of the 2013-14 season after winning the ITA South Central Region title and placing eighth at the ITA small college national championships last month in Fort Myers, Fla.
The doubles team of Cody Freischlag and Blake Demond (5-2) is ranked fourth in the South Central Region and the Mavericks are ranked sixth.