Granard, Martinez place fifth for Mavericks
Experience paid off for Colorado Mesa wrestlers Chester Granard and James Martinez.
Both wrestlers placed fifth Saturday in the NCAA Division II national championships in Cleveland for their best finishes in their collegiate careers. Each became an All-American for the second time, too.
“Both of them wrestled tough today,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “They won some good matches. I’m proud of them. This is one of our best finishes (at nationals).”
The Mavericks placed 19th with 23 points. RMAC champion Western State was 20th with 22 points. Fellow RMAC team California Baptist was 12th with 38 points.
Granard (28-6) defeated Zeb Wahle of Maryville (Mo.) 6-2 for fifth place at 174 pounds. The senior has the Colorado Mesa school record for wins.
He avenged a regional loss with a 6-1 decision over CSU-Pueblo’s Trevor Grant in the consolation quarterfinals, then he got the match he’s been wanting with Western State’s Elliot Copeland, but he lost 7-5 in the consolation semifinals.
Martinez (23-6) defeated Cameryn Brady of Indianapolis 3-1 for fifth place at 149 pounds. He won two matches in consolation before losing in the consolation semifinals.
Olathe High School graduate and Western State junior Kyle Piatt took fifth place at 184 pounds. Piatt (32-7) lost an overtime decision in the semifinals to the No. 1-ranked wrestler.
Copeland (16-6) took fourth place at 174 pounds.
Swimming & Diving
Brock Martin capped his Colorado Mesa career with a third-place finish in 3-meter diving at the NCAA Division II national championships in Geneva, Ohio.
The senior qualified fourth for the finals and moved up one spot with an 11-dive score of 523.9.
Martin is a three-time All-American on the 3-meter board and four-time All-American on the 1-meter board.
The Mavericks’ Kent Olsen-Stavrakas placed 15th in the 100-yard freestyle (45.03 seconds), Jarren Brinton placed 14th in the 1,650 freestyle (15:45.57) and Justin Hastings was 19th in the 200 backstroke (1:48.52). The Mesa men placed 23rd with 41 points.
Brianna Purkapile swam the 1,650 freestyle and placed 18th in 17:21.22. The Mesa women finished 24th with 31 points.
Track & Field
Bacall Sterling placed 15th in the triple jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The sophomore transfer jumped 39-feet, 2¼-inches in her first national meet.
Junior Whitney Rowe competed in three events Friday. She placed ninth in the 60-meter run.