Martinez, Granard to be All-Americans
Colorado Mesa wrestlers James Martinez and Chester Granard won’t win national titles, but they will be All-Americans.
Both wrestlers bounced back from quarterfinals losses Friday in the NCAA Division II national championships in Cleveland with wins in the second round of consolation.
Both can finish as high as third, but no worse than eighth, ensuring them All-American status.
Martinez lost a 5-2 decision to third-ranked Jay Hildreth of St. Cloud State in the 149-pound quarterfinals, then came back and pinned RMAC foe Alex Annunciation in 6:32.
Granard lost 6-2 to fourth-ranked Patrick Martinez of Nebraska-Kearney, then defeated Joe Pittman of Newberry 6-1.
Martinez, Granard and Paco Retana each won their first-round matches, then each lost in the quarterfinals. Retana was pinned by sixth-ranked Brandon Johnson of Notre Dame (Ohio) in the consolation second round.
The Mavericks are in 21st place with 14 points.
Western State’s Kyle Piatt, an Olathe High School graduate, won two matches Friday to advance to the semifinals and earn All-America honors. Teammate and roommate Elliot Copeland also reached the semifinals.
Swimming & Diving
Amanda Jennings led the Colorado Mesa women’s swimming & diving team with an 11th-place finish in the 1-meter diving at the NCAA Division II National Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
The junior posted a scored of 409.95 points. She placed ninth in the 3-meter dive Wednesday.
Brianna Purkapile finished her collegiate career with a 20th-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:05.84. The Mesa women are in 23rd place with 31 points.
For the Mavericks’ men’s team, Justin Hastings placed 20th in the 100 backstroke (49.83), and Jarren Brinton was 25th in the 500 freestyle (4:33.69). The Mesa men are in 24th place with 20 points.
The championships conclude today.
Track & Field
Whitney Rowe came within three-hundredths of a second of reaching the 60-meter finals and making All-American at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The junior from Burnaby, B.C., placed ninth in the 60-meter prelims in 7.65 seconds. She also finished 15th in the 200 (25.14) and the long jump (17-feet, 10.75-inches).
The Colorado Mesa Nordic ski team took second place in the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association national championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Mira Hopkins, a sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, earned All-America honors with a third-place finish in the 15-kilometer classic race. Team captain Kacie McCleary finished ninth to earn second-team All-America. Courtney Berg placed 16th.
The Mavericks took second place behind the University of Wyoming.
Duncan Koehn led the Mesa men, placing 21st.
In addition to Mesa’s four All-America results this year, Hopkins, McCleary, Berg, Michelle Peterson and Megan Muelethaler earned Academic All-America honors.
Alpine skier Sarah Gregory finished 13th in the slalom.
The senior finished her first run in 51.15 seconds and the second run in 53.71 seconds for a combined time of 1:44.86.
The Colorado Mesa women earned their first shutout victory of the season with a 9-0 win over Southwest Minnesota State in Mesa, Ariz.
The Mavericks (7-5) lost only four games in the six singles matches and dropped one game in the three doubles matches.
The women also defeated Division III Schreiner (Texas) University 8-1 later in the day. Mesa swept the doubles and won five singles matches.
The men (1-4) picked up their first official dual win of the 2013-14 season with a 9-0 victory over Schreiner.