Mavericks go 1-1 at Borah Duals

The Colorado Mesa wrestling team remained unbeaten against NCAA Division II competition with another victory Saturday in the Tracy Borah Duals in Gunnison.

The 18th-ranked Mavericks defeated regional foe Simon Fraser (British Columbia) 40-12, but Division I Air Force defeated the Mavericks 36-9.

Mesa (7-2) won eight matches against Simon Fraser, including six in a row. James Martinez and Trevor Donarski had pins, Daniel Salazar won by technical fall, and Jonathon Stelling, Jessie Hoffschneider and Chester Granard won decisions. Paco Retana won by injury default, and Jordan Passehl won by forfeit.

Retana and Passehl were the only winners for the Mavericks against Air Force.

Retana pinned Air Force’s Parker Hines in the third period at 197 pounds. Passehl won a 3-0 decision against Air Force at heavyweight.

Mesa forfeited at 184 pounds in both duals.

The Falcons won eight of the 10 matches with two pins, one forfeit victory, one technical fall and one major decision.

Western State went 2-1, defeating Simon Fraser 40-10 and Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 37-6. The Mountaineers lost 26-9 to Air Force. Olathe graduate Kyle Piatt had one of the victories against Air Force.

The Mavericks are off this week. They return to the mat to host Chadron State on Jan. 23 and New Mexico Highlands on Jan. 24.

Indoor Track & Field

Shane Niksic took fourth place in the men’s one-mile run to lead Colorado Mesa in the Air Force All-Comers Indoor meet in Colorado Springs.

The junior posted a time of 4 minutes, 30.11 seconds and finished eight seconds behind the winner. The top three placers were from Air Force.

Cameron Morley placed ninth in the long jump (20 feet, 1 inch), 11th in the high jump (6-0.75) and 14th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.3 seconds).

Jordan Riggins finished 10th in the 60-meter dash (7.05) and 11th in the 200 (22.31).

Bacall Sterling led the CMU women’s team with a third-place finish in the triple jump (38-6.25). She placed 13th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.81).

The Mavs’ Haley Kremer placed seventh in the mile (5:35.09), and Tess Skoe was 10th (5:42.72). Kendra Naibauer was 11th in the shot put (33-7.5) and 17th in the weight throw (40-5).

Ally Tapp was 14th in the 200 (27.34) and Alexandra Suppes was 17th in the 400 (1:02.37).


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