Moving on up: Wrestling up three weight classes doesn’t hamper Juby
Tyler Juby is usually fearless on the wrestling mat, but Friday night, he admitted he was a little nervous.
The Mesa State College freshman was not only wrestling up three weight classes, he was wrestling the second-to-last match in an RMAC dual against CSU-Pueblo at Brownson Arena.
His teammates, though, eased his fears, building a 15-point lead to clinch the victory before Juby took the mat in the 174-pound match. Mesa defeated the ThunderWolves 27-13.
“It was kind of scary I was going to be last,” he said. “It was nice we had a cushion and it didn’t come to me wrestling 74s.”
Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher told Juby, who weighed in at 153 pounds, he would wrestle in place of an injured Andy Laiminger no matter what the situation.
“Juby is a gamer,” Pipher said. “He’s a super strong kid. We needed to shake it up there.
“We haven’t had Andy there for three or four weeks, so we thought what the heck, let’s throw Juby in there.
“Andy was not wrestling tonight. We want to get him healthy.”
With the team victory in hand, Juby (11-5) approached the match like any other and came out with a 14-7 victory over Kellen Desmond.
“I went out there and wrestled like I usually do,” Juby said. “I go out there and act like they shouldn’t be on the mat with me. It helps me.
“It was definitely tough with 20 extra pounds (against) you. I wrestle some bigger guys in the (practice) room, too. Hopefully I’m quicker than him.”
Juby had one of six victories for the Mavericks (4-6, 3-5 RMAC).
Chris Rubalcaba (18-12) got the Mavericks started with a pin at 133 pounds. The freshman put Kenny Porter in a scissors move with 43 seconds left in the first period.
“I had to go out and do my part,” Rubalcaba said. “I was coming off a loss and wanted to make up for it.”
Trevor Donarski (17-9) followed with a 10-4 victory over Nick Stahler at 141 for a 15-6 lead.
“We pulled Donarski out of a redshirt three weeks ago,” Pipher said. “He’s come a long ways. He’s had to grow up real quick.”
Jon Gappmaier (12-10) pinned Ben Collins in 4:19 at 149, then sixth-ranked Chase Walker (16-6) gave Mesa a 24-6 lead with a 7-1 decision at 157.
Tony Chavarria (197), Patrick Carey (285), Justin Grant (165) and Adam Carey (184) each won decisions for CSU-Pueblo (7-8, 3-5 RMAC).
Carey held on to defeat a familiar foe, Mesa’s Trevor Stapp, 3-2. The two wrestled for rival high schools in Tempe, Ariz.