Fort Hays State rallies to beat Mavs

The Colorado Mesa University wrestling team had a late lead, but it wasn’t enough.

No. 15 Fort Hays State (Kan.) University won the last two matches to defeat No. 20 Colorado Mesa 21-16 in an RMAC dual on Thursday night in Hays, Kan.

Each team won five matches, but Fort Hays (4-2, 3-2 RMAC) scored an additional six points from a forfeit and pin. Mesa (8-10, 3-4 RMAC) scored one bonus point victory.

“We knew we had to win three of the last five matches,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “Chester (Dylan Granard) getting pinned was huge. We can’t give up six points there.”

Granard was pinned by Sam Thoman in 2 minutes, 13 seconds at 165 pounds.

Tyler Nelson (133), James Martinez (141), Jon Gappmaier (149), Zak Slotten (174) and Nick Petersen (184) won decisions for the Mavericks.

Martinez, ranked eighth in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, won a 7-3 decision over No. 7 Charles Napier.

Petersen’s 14-0 victory gave Mesa a 16-15 lead but the Tigers won the final two matches by decision.

Fort Hays State’s Tanner Kriss defeated Korey Kennedy 6-2 at 197, then Justin Glenn won a 6-4 decision over Paco Retana-Quinones.

“Paco wrestled a good match,” said Pipher of Retana-Quinones, who gave up 30 pounds in the match. “He just didn’t have enough in the end.”

Pipher held out Jordan Passehl to rest a minor knee injury from last week.

“We were not flat at all,” Pipher said. “I felt like we outwrestled them, but we gave up too many big-point matches.”

Mesa’s Trevor Donarski hung with Mitchell Means, ranked second in the nation, before losing 7-2 at 149 pounds.

Mesa wrestles at 7 tonight atNo. 4 Nebraska-Kearney.


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