Mavs make some noise in Phoenix

Colorado Mesa showed some strides in only the sixth year of the reinstated wrestling program.

The 18th-ranked Mavericks avenged a loss to an NAIA program and challenged fifth-ranked Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University on Monday in Phoenix.

Colorado Mesa (2-5 overall, 0-1 RMAC) defeated NAIA Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) University 35-12 before Grand Canyon defeated the Mavericks 21-11 in an RMAC dual. Both duals took place at Grand Canyon University.

“We wrestled a lot more intense (Monday),” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “We pounded on Embry-Riddle. That shows where our program is now. Four years ago, (the Eagles) pounded us.”

Colorado Mesa won eight matches to defeat Embry-Riddle earlier Monday.

CMU’s Nick Petersen (184 pounds), Paco Retana-Quinones (heavyweight) and Trevor Donarski (149) pinned their opponents. Jon Gappmaier (157), Dylan Granard (165). Jordan Passehl (197), Tyler Nelson (133) and Brayden Humphreys (141) won decisions.

“We had some good wins there from our young guys.”

Grand Canyon won six matches against CMU, including three by major decision.

Gappmaier defeated No. 4-ranked Ted Bristol of Grand Canyon 11-6 in the 157-pound match to start the dual.

Granard, ranked fourth in Division II at 165, followed with a 3-0 victory for a 6-0 lead. Passehl won a 7-5 decision at 197 pounds, but the Mavericks were penalized one team point and led 8-7.

Humphreys won a 9-3 decision over Vince Hererra at 141.

“We wrestled GC tough,” Pipher said. “We had to hold out (James) Martinez (cutting weight) and Zak Slotten (minor injury). We could’ve closed the gap with those two.”


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