Mesa wrestling team falls to California Baptist

California Baptist won seven of 10 matches Thursday night to defeat 13th-ranked Colorado Mesa 31-10 in Riverside, Calif.

The Mavericks (9-3, 3-1 RMAC) fell behind 10-0, then saw the unranked Lancers (10-3-1, 2-1 RMAC) win five of the final six matches.

Daniel Salazar won an 11-7 decision at 141, No. 2-ranked James Martinez needed overtime to win a 5-3 decision at 149 and sixth-ranked Chester Granard won an 8-0 decision at 174 for the Mavericks.

Fourth-ranked Jessie Hoffschneider lost a 6-0 decision to Alec Smith at 165.

Mesa’s Paco Retana lost an 11-8 decision at 197, and heavyweight Jordan Passehl lost an 11-3 decision. The Lancers won by forfeit at 184.

California Baptist’s Bryden Lazaro, ranked No. 1 in Division II, won a major decision over Mac Barrego. No. 2-ranked Brady Bersano won by technical fall over Mesa’s Trevor Donarski at 157.

Mesa wrestles Saturday in the California Collegiate Open in San Francisco.

Tennis

The Colorado Mesa men’s tennis team is a slight favorite to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, according to a coaches poll released Thursday.

The Mavericks edged last year’s champion, Western New Mexico, for the preseason top spot by one point. Each team received three first-place votes. Coaches can’t vote for their own team or players.

Mesa junior Jordan Lyden and sophomore Spencer Weinberg were selected to the preseason All-RMAC team.

Western New Mexico edged the Mavericks by one point for the top spot in the women’s preseason poll. The defending RMAC champion Mustangs received three first-place votes. Mesa received two first-place votes.

Mesa senior Shannen McNamara and junior Rachel McLaughlin were selected to the preseason All-RMAC team.

Women’s Lacrosse

Colorado Mesa is picked to finish fourth in the first-ever women’s lacrosse RMAC preseason poll, released Thursday.

RMAC affiliate member Lindenwood (Mo.) University is favored to win the RMAC. The Lions received five of six first-place votes. Regis is picked second and received the other first-place vote. Fort Lewis is picked third. There are six teams in the league.

Colorado Mesa midfielders Allie Henderson and Ashley Eickhoff made the All-RMAC preseason team.

Henderson led the team in goals (33), assists (16) and points (49) last season. Eickhoff was second on the team in goals (31), assists (nine) and points (40).

This is the first year the RMAC is sponsoring women’s lacrosse.


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