Mavs fall in lengthy matches on mat

Eight of the nine Colorado Mesa University wrestlers went the entire seven minutes, but only two emerged victorious.

No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney (8-3, 4-0 RMAC) won eight matches, including one by forfeit and one by technical fall to defeat No. 20 Colorado Mesa 31-6 in a RMAC dual on Friday night in Kearney, Neb.

Mesa (8-11, 3-5 RMAC) won two matches. Tyler Nelson needed a fourth overtime period, but defeated Stephen Weimer 3-1 at 133 pounds. Zak Slotten won a 5-2 decision over Mark Fiala at 174 for the Mavs’ other win.

All four of Kearney’s nationally ranked wrestlers won decisions over the Mavs.

Mesa’s Jon Gappmaier, though, gaveNo. 2 T.J. Hepburn trouble, leading 1-0 through two periods. Hepburn scored an escape, then a takedown in the third period and secured one point for riding time. It was Gappmaier’s first loss in a RMAC dual.

Top-ranked Dalton Jensen defeated No. 8 James Martinez 6-3 in the 141-pound match.


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