Mesa wrestling team adds 10 recruits

Three state champions and six state place-winners signed to wrestle for Colorado Mesa University next season.

In all, 10 former high school wrestlers, all state qualifiers, are joining the Mavericks and all of them will get a chance to wrestle immediately as freshmen in 2013-14.

“If they are healthy and we need them as a starter or backup and they are eligible, we’ll use them right away,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “You can get a spark from them if they wrestle that first year.”

Jacob Wilcoxen of Omaha, Neb., and Stephen Mejia of Buhl, Idaho, were two-time state champions.

Wilcoxen took third as a senior after losing to another two-time state champion in the Nebraska state quarterfinals. He will wrestle at 133 pounds. Mejia was the Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News Wrestler of the Year. He will wrestle at 157 or 165 pounds.

Four-time Texas state place-winner Drake Dudley was a state champion as a sophomore and a two-time state runner-up. Dudley likely will wrestle at 157 pounds.

Wilcoxen’s high school teammate Jordan Hammond, who placed at state four times, will remain Wilcoxen’s teammate and wrestle at 141 or 149 pounds for the Mavericks.

Wilcoxen and Hammond wrestled for CMU assistant coach Austin Boehm’s dad at Omaha Burke High School, Pipher said.

Eric Vargas, who wrestled at a rival Omaha, Neb., high school, is a three-time state qualifier and will wrestle at 133.

Pipher added three Colorado wrestlers, including Class 5A 152-pound state runner-up Randy Boerner of Mountain Range High School in Westminster.

Boerner finished his senior season with a 50-3 record and won the prestigious Top of the Rockies tournament in Lafayette earlier in the season. He will begin his college career at 157 pounds.

Montrose’s Marcus Velasquez was a three-time state qualifier who placed at state twice. He will wrestle at 157 or 165 pounds.

Channing Lewis of Eaton was a three-time state qualifier and took third place in Class 3A this year at 106 pounds. Lewis can add weight and wrestle at the lowest weight class in college: 125.

Pipher lost three starting seniors from last year in Jon Gappmaier, Tyler Nelson and Nick Petersen. Gappmaier and Petersen will be graduate assistant coaches next season, Pipher said.

Trevor Donarski is expected back for his senior year after redshirting last year.

Grand Junction High School graduate Jessie Hoffschneider likely will wrestle at 165 pounds, and Palisade High graduate Daniel Salazar is healthy and likely will wrestle at 133, Pipher said.


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