Mavericks fall to UNC

Colorado Mesa’s wrestling team split matches with Division I Northern Colorado, but the Bears scored more bonus points to win a dual 30-22 on Sunday afternoon at Butler-Hancock Pavilion in Greeley.

Each team won five matches, but the Bears won three matches by pin and two by forfeit.

“All the matches we gave up, we gave up six (team points),” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “You can’t give up six in other places. We had a junior and senior get pinned. They know better than that.”

The Mavericks (2-1) had to forfeit at 133 pounds because Jon Stelling is out with a concussion, Pipher said. Heavyweight Jordan Passehl injured his knee during his match and was defaulted by Pipher.

“I think we could’ve won there (at 133),” Pipher said. “Passehl popped his knee. I could tell he wasn’t walking on it right.”

Northern Colorado’s Trey Andrews pinned Erick Vargas in the 125-pound match, Mitchell Polkowske pinned Trevor Donarski in the third period at 157 and Nick Bayer pinned Scott Verner in the first period at 184.

Mesa’s Daniel Salazar rallied to beat former Discovery Canyon High School state champion Nick Adams 7-6 on riding time at 141. James Martinez pinned a former junior college national runner-up, Jessie Hoffschneider won a major decision and Chester Granard remained undefeated with a decision.

Paco Retana was beating last week’s UNC Open champion Brian Macchione 14-4 when Macchione defaulted with an injury.

Colorado Mesa hosts Bethany (Kan.) College at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Brownson Arena.


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