CMU wins three at Borah Duals

GUNNISON — For the past three weeks the Colorado Mesa University wrestling team has trained hard for the upcoming conference run into the postseason.

The Mavericks began the stretch run Saturday with three wins in the Tracy Borah Duals at Paul Wright Gym at Western State College.

The Mavericks (5-6) defeated Newman (Kan.) University 33-15, Air Force Academy’s junior varsity 27-18 and Western Wyoming Community College 47-6. Southwest Minnesota State gave the Mavericks their only loss, 22-15.

CMU’s Tyler Nelson, Trevor Donarski, Jon Gappmaier and Zak Slotten were 4-0 on the day.

“We needed a day like that,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “We got beat up two weeks ago and last week I had a few of them take off. We tried to use the last three weeks and train pretty hard.

“Tyler Nelson did a good job. He needed to work on staying more aggressive throughout the whole match. Jon Gappmaier had a good day. Zak looked good on his feet today.”

Colorado Mesa won six matches to defeat Newman (Kan.) University in its first dual.

Donarski (149 pounds), Gappmaier (157) and Jordan Passehl (197) each picked up six team points with pins. All three came in the first period.

“Trevor, Gappmaier and Passehl did a good job,” Pipher said. “They head-hunted right away and picked up six points for us. That was big since we’re giving up six at 141 this weekend. That puts pressure on the rest of the team.”

Nelson won a 4-1 decision at 133. Dylan Granard (165) and Slotten won by forfeit.

Colorado Mesa’s two 141-pound wrestlers were sidelined. Brayden Humphreys came down with food poisoning last week and James Martinez is ill.

Daniel Romero, Slotten and Nick Petersen won major decisions to lead the Mavericks to a 27-18 victory over the Air Force Academy junior varsity.

Romero got the Mavericks going with a 14-5 victory over Roger Jones at 125. Slotten’s 11-1 victory and Petersen’s 11-3 win sealed the team victory.

In between, Nelson and Donarski recorded pins and Gappmaier scored a takedown in overtime for a 13-11 win at 157.

Colorado Mesa won half of the matches against Southwest Minnesota State, but lost the dual 22-15.

“We wrestled some good matches, but when you give up six (in a forfeit), that’s hard to win,” Pipher said. “You usually don’t win (close duals) when you give up a forfeit.”

Nelson, Donarski, Gappmaier, Slotten and Petersen won decisions.

Donarski rallied from behind to force overtime and win 17-12 with a combination takedown, near fall move. He needed two takedowns in the third period to force overtime.

“I hate being behind,” Donarski said. “After I got a couple takedowns to go overtime I knew I’d get the takedown to win.”

Petersen’s 6-2 win tied the dual 15-15, but the Mustangs won the last two matches.

“Coulda, shoulda, woulda,” Pipher said. “Certain little things can change the whole dynamics of a match.”

Southwest Minnesota State defeated CSU-Pueblo in the same weight classes, but needed a tiebreaker to defeat the ThunderWolves 20-19 in a dual earlier Saturday. The Mustangs were awarded the tiebreaker point by a 44-41 advantage in point scoring.

CMU closed the dual tournament with a convincing victory over Western Wyoming Community College. The Mavericks’ only loss was the forfeit at 141.

Romero, Gappmaier, Slotten, Petersen, Passehl and Paco Rentana-Quinones (285) had pins. Nelson and Donarski won decisions.


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