Mavericks earn first home dual victory

An upside down Chase Walker of Mesa State College grasps Colorado School of Mines’ Travis Wokasch around the waist as he works his way to a win in the 157-pound division of Saturday’s dual match at Brownson Arena.

There was no celebration or excitement of any kind.

The Mesa State College wrestling team’s first home dual victory since the program was reinstated three years ago felt more like a relief.

“We were sluggish at a couple weights,” Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher said. “We looked like we were on the road for three days. Overall, it was a win. That’s what we’ve got to look at. It is a monkey off our back.”

The Mavericks (2-1-1, 2-1-1 RMAC) defeated Colorado School of Mines 27-14 in an RMAC dual on Saturday night at Brownson Arena with the help of two Mines (0-3, 0-3 RMAC) forfeits.

Other than Trevor Stapp’s thrilling conclusion to the dual, Mesa won three matches by a total of five points.

“Trevor had a key match for us to go out with a win like that,” Pipher said. “That was good for him. He’s had some opportunities the last couple weeks (to win).”

Stapp was in a 6-6 deadlock with Mines heavyweight Bryan Stansbury when Stapp pinned him with 30 seconds left in the match.

“He was starting to get a little gassed,” Stapp said. “I was just trying to take him down. The opportunity was there (for a pin) and I took advantage of it.”

Mesa freshman Rhett Breed scored a takedown late in the third period to take a 5-4 lead and won 6-4 at 133.

“I think he was trying to stall it out,” Breed said. “He tried a shot and I shucked him and went behind him. I slowly broke him. I was not pleased, but I guess we got the cobwebs out.”

Fourth-ranked Chase Walker didn’t dominate Travis Wokasch, but controlled his match for a 9-7 win at 157.

“It was hard to do anything against him,” Walker said. “He kept backing off the mat.”

Cole Johnson took down his opponent in the first period and held on for a 4-1 win at 165 for a 15-8 lead, but Mines escaped with a 3-2 win at 174.

Mines won three matches by decision, but scored five of its team points with Jessie Snider’s technical fall of Chris Holzworth at 149.

Holzworth, a redshirt freshman, wrestled in place of Keith Johnson, who was held out with a minor injury, Pipher said.


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