Gappmaier leads Mavs with win in Wyoming
Three Mesa State College wrestlers placed Saturday in the University of Wyoming Open, but it wasn’t any of the veteran returning wrestlers.
Redshirt freshman Jon Gappmaier won the 141-pound amateur division title with five wins, including three pins. Freshman Trevor Donarski placed fourth in the same division with a 7-2 record and two pins.
Freshman Chasen Tolbert took third place in the amateur 125 division with a 6-1 record, including four pins.
The amateur division is designated for freshmen and sophomores. The elite division is for the juniors and seniors.
Mesa’s Chase Walker, a returning All-American, was 1-2 with an injury default in the 157-pound elite division. He wrestled unattached. Cole Johnson was 0-2 with an injury default at 165 and Andy Laiminger was 2-2 at 184.
The Mavericks return to the mat one week from today in the Old Chicago Northern Colorado Open.
Swimming & Diving
The Mesa State women’s team took first place in 12 of the 13 events to defeat Adams State 154-56 in Alamosa.
Jackie McMillen, Rebecca Reed, Denby Gardiner and Kelly Hogan each won two events for the Mavericks.
McMillen took first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:03.88) and the 200 backstroke (2:14.92). Reed won the 100 backstroke (1:02.81) and the 50 freestyle (27.00). Gardiner took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.37) and the 200 breaststroke (2:46.88). Hogan won the 100 freestyle (57.64) and the 500 freestyle (5:37.43).
Mesa’s Gina Panacci won the 200 butterfly and Rachel Bailey won the 200 individual medley (2:28.06).
The Mavericks won the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. There were no diving events.
Mesa State lost another close exhibition game, this time to Division I Utah Valley State University, 62-56.
“They’ve come a long way,” first-year coach Roger Walters said of the Mavericks. “Defensively we struggled today. We’ll get better. It was simple little things, missed assignments here and there but for the most part we did a good job.”
Meagan Selvidge, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard, led the Mavericks wth 15 points and Courtney McCaig, a 5-11 junior forward, added 14.
The game was tied 28-28 at halftime after Mesa State shot 38 percent from the field, but hit five 3-pointers to stay with the Wolverines. The Mavericks got worn down in the second half, although they shot better from the field, 43 percent.
“The gas tank was a little low today,” Walters said. “Both teams were really big and athletic, pretty solid. I’m happy with the kids’ effort.
“We’ve got to get better defensively. We did keep it in the 60s, which is where it needs to be for us to win.”
The season begins Friday against Western Oregon in Monmouth, Ore. The Mavericks play Northwest (Idaho) Nazarene on Saturday in Monmouth.