Game on: Wrestlers ready to play ball

Colorado Mesa wrestling coach Chuck Pipher is confident this is the year.

Although Pipher is excited about his wrestling team, he’s confident about victory in the Mavs’ all-important preseason event — the annual softball game against the Colorado Mesa softball team.

The teams play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bergman Field. Admission is free with a food donation to the Kids Aid Backpack Program. To see a list of foods to donate go to kidsaidcolorado.org.

“This is our year,” Pipher said with a wry smile. “We don’t recruit guys if they don’t have some baseball or softball experience.”

Pipher started the annual game in 2007 to get the wrestling program involved in other school activities and to create team bonding. The softball team has won every meeting but one — in 2008.

The game will be seven innings. A softball pitcher will pitch for both sides, but the wrestling team can play its entire team on defense. That can number as many as 30 in the field.

In years past, some wrestlers wore their wrestling singlets in the game.

“It was a lot of fun last year, especially my first year,” CMU softball coach Candace Abrams said. “I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It’s a lot of fun watching the guys get out there in their singlets and swing at fastpitch.

“It’s supporting something great, too. This is one of our ways to give back to the community and get them out to our games.”

Abrams plans to rotate pitchers in the game, with each throwing one or two innings for the softball team and wrestling team.

Assistant baseball coach Sean McKinney will serve as the umpire for the game.

Football Award

Colorado Mesa kicker Eli Williams had a successful start in his collegiate kicking career, earning the RMAC special teams player of the week award.

The redshirt freshman, who also plays wide receiver, was a perfect 4 for 4 on field goal attempts Saturday in the Mavericks’ 30-24 loss to Chadron State (Neb.) College.

Chadron State (2-1, 1-0 RMAC) remained ranked 21 in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches Poll this week.

The Mavericks (1-2, 0-1 RMAC) host Black Hills State (S.D.) University (0-3, 0-1 RMAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stocker Stadium.

Men’s Golf

Sean Robbins and Adam Griffith each shot 1-over-par 72 in the first round Monday of the RMAC No. 1 tournament at Hillcrest Golf Course in Durango.

A late start Monday because of weather conditions did not allow the field to complete the second round. Players will complete the second round and play the third round today.

Robbins and Griffith are in a seven-way tie for seventh place.

Colorado Mesa is seventh at 301 in the nine-team tournament. Colorado School of Mines leads at 282, with the Orediggers’ Jordan Arndt shooting a first-round 69.

Women’s Golf

Sara Swaney and Loren Forney each carded an 81 in the first round of the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate at Coldwater Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz. The Mavericks are tied for 14th overall at 331.

Western Washington shot a first-round 302 to take the lead, with Kristen Hansen leading the Vikings with a 2-under-par 70. Teammate Anna Bourland is second at 73.


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