Good to be back

Returnees shine in Mavericks' wrestling scrimmage

Colorado Mesa’s Paco Retana, top, puts Derek Good of the White team on his back Wednesday night during a 5-3 win for the Maroon team in the 197-pound match at the Maroon and White scrimmage at Brownson Arena.

Some returning wrestlers who missed out last year showed they were ready to go this season.

Sophomore Daniel Salazar and senior Trevor Donarski won matches over returning wrestlers in the Colorado Mesa University Maroon and White scrimmage Wednesday night at Brownson Arena. The maroon team won 16-12.

Salazar defeated last year’s 141-pound starter, Drew Schumann of Montrose, 4-1. He scored a takedown in the first period and rode out Schumann in the third period.

“Salazar rode him out when he could’ve cut him (loose),” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “That’s when you get in trouble, when you cut him. The third period is what makes him tough. It was good he got the ride out there. That’s what impressed me.”

Pipher was considering wrestling Salazar in the 133-pound slot last year after Salazar placed second at the Colorado Mesa Open and third at the Northern Colorado Old Chicago Open, but a knee injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. He’ll apply for a medical redshirt when he is eligible next year.

“I was hoping it would heal up fast, and I’d come back, but it didn’t happen,” Salazar said. “I put in a lot of extra time over the summer to catch up.”

He will wrestle up a weight class at 141 this year. Schumann may redshirt, Pipher said.

“I feel good,” Salazar said. “I’m itching to go. It’s been a while since I’ve been on the mat (for a match).”

Donarski had a tough match with Tyler Miles, who replaced Chester Granard last season when Granard fell ill. Donarski persevered for a 4-3 victory in riding time in the scrimmage.

Miles escaped Donarski, but Donarski grabbed Miles and took him down for a 4-3 lead. Miles was unable to turn Donarski with Donarski starting down in the final riding-time period.

“I felt like in the end Miles ran out of gas there,” Pipher said. “I felt he should’ve cut him and took him down, but that was a close match like I thought it would be.”

Donarski, a senior from Powell, Wyo., said he is refreshed and has big goals for his final season.

“My goal is to be an All-American,” Donarski said. “I’ve still got to get a lot better. I’m not in great shape yet. We’re starting to work harder.”

Donarski opted to redshirt last season instead of cutting weight and splitting varsity time.

In other matches, redshirt freshman Mac Borrego pulled away in the third period to defeat freshman Erick Vargas of Omaha, Neb., 8-4 in a matchup of potential wrestlers at 125 pounds.

“Mac and Vargas looked good at 25s,” Pipher said. “Vargas impressed us this fall. He’s a hard worker.”

Another Omaha freshman, Jacob Wilcoxen, defeated freshman Collin Welcher 8-3 at 133. Mountain Range graduate Randy Boerner won handily over freshman Bruno Niccoletti at 157.

Jordan Passehl defeated Paco Retana 5-0 in the heavyweight match, but Retana had a 2-1 victory over freshman Derek Good at 197 pounds in the first match of the scrimmage.

Returning All-American James Martinez won comfortably at 149 pounds over a redshirt freshman, and Granard scored a takedown late for a 3-0 victory at 174 pounds in his first match in front of a crowd since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in the middle of last season.


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