Mavs add 7 freshmen to wrestling team for 2014-15

Colorado Mesa wrestling coach Chuck Pipher added seven freshmen with a combined seven state titles for the Mavericks’ 2014-15 recruiting class.

“It’s a good overall class,” Pipher said. “We got a good wide range of kids to fill weights. I would love to have more big guys, but we’re still a year away there.”

The class includes two-time Utah heavyweight state champion Cole Mair out of Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah.

Mair has placed in the top three all four years in high school. He was also a two-time Warrior Classic champion.

“He’s a good heavyweight,” Pipher said. “He’s a horse.

“There’s a possibility we’ll wrestle him right away. It’s nice to have two guys in the lineup, and it gives us depth.”

Uintah teammate Beau Blackham is coming with Mair. Blackham won one state title and was a three-time state placer. He won the Warrior Classic 145-pound title last season and placed fourth there at 132 pounds in 2012. He’ll likely start at 141 pounds for the Mavericks.

Arvada West grad Tony Silva won Colorado’s Class 5A 170-pound state title and the Warrior Classic title last year. He placed third at state and fourth at the Warrior Classic as a junior. Silva could wrestle at 165 or 174 pounds.

“He’s a good, hard worker,” Pipher said.

Jason Buhr is a two-time state champion from Centauri High School in LaJara and is a four-time state placer. He won the Class 3A 152-pound state title last year with a technical fall. He pinned Joe Boyle of Hotchkiss in the 2012-13 Class 3A 145-pound state final.

“(Buhr) is very good,” Pipher said. “There were some good schools after him. We’ll see if we need to develop him (and redshirt) for a year or not.

“He’s tough on his feet, and he’s tough on top, too. He has a good cross-wrist tilt.”

Pipher may see if Buhr can drop some weight and wrestle at 149 pounds.

Brett Kasprzyk won an Arizona state title for Mesa High School in Mesa, Arizona. He was a national folkstyle All-American, placing fifth at the national tournament. Kasprzyk will wrestle at 133 or 141 pounds.

Gabe Torres was a state place-winner on a four-time Texas state championship team in Allen, Texas. He’ll wrestle at 125.

Khyre Burns placed fifth at state and sixth at the Warrior Classic last season for Denver East High School at 170 pounds.

The Mavericks lost two-time All-American Chester Granard at 174 pounds and 157-pounder Trevor Donarski to graduation.

Colorado Mesa opens the 2014-15 season Nov. 6 with the annual Maroon and White Dual at Brownson Arena.


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