Putting the student in student-athlete

Mesa wrestling, swimming and track show off their smarts

Colorado Mesa’s James Martinez was selected to the National Wrestling Coaches Associated Division II All-Academic first team, one of seven Maverick grapplers to appear on the team. Martinez is the only first-teamer.



Wrestlers often get stereotyped as being poor students.

Not Colorado Mesa.

The Mavericks placed seven wrestlers on the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II All-Academic Team and posted the eighth highest grade-point average (3.239) in the nation this season.

All-American James Martinez was selected to the academic first team with a 3.02 GPA in construction management.

Trevor Donarski and Daniel Salazar made the second team. Donarski, a four-time recipient, has a 3.51 GPA in exercise science. Salazar has a 3.45 GPA in mechanical engineering.

Four other Mavericks were placed on the honorable-mention team.

It is the third consecutive year Mesa finished in the top 10 nationally. The team GPA is calculated by averaging the cumulative GPAs of 10 wrestlers from each team. Eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their team’s super regional.

Donarski also was selected to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference all-academic first team. Salazar, Bobby Davis, Nick Swanson and Mitch Wyatt made the honor roll.

Swimming All-Academic

Seven Colorado Mesa swimmers and divers made the RMAC All-Academic team.

Katie Finley, Annie Jones and Madi Wigg made the first team. Finley has a 3.96 GPA in kinesiology, Jones has a 3.58 GPA in English and Wigg has a 3.92 GPA in kinesiology.

Savannah Craft, Katie Olsen and Samantha Parker made the honor roll. Craft has a 3.57 GPA in kinesiology, Olsen has a 3.87 GPA with no major declared and Parker has a 3.34 GPA in biology.

Tyler Kaslik was the only men’s selection. The senior made the first team with a 3.66 GPA in business.

Track All-Academic

Six Colorado Mesa indoor track and field athletes received RMAC all-academic honors this week.

On the women’s side, sisters Cathryn Ambler and Tiffany Ambler, Melissa Bauer and Brianne Ghosh made the honor roll.

Cathryn Ambler has a 3.81 GPA in kinesiology, Tiffany Ambler has a 3.55 GPA in psychology, Bauer has a 3.59 GPA in biology and Ghosh has a 3.91 GPA in kinesiology.

McCady Findley and Cameron Morley made the men’s honor roll.

Findley has a 3.8 GPA in environmental science, and Morley has a 3.55 GPA in mechanical engineering.

Grand Junction High School graduate Jonathan Wright, a senior at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, made the first team with a 3.42 GPA in mechanical engineering.

Region Ranking

The Colorado Mesa men’s tennis team is ranked seventh in the first NCAA Division II South Central Region rankings released this week.

Four teams in the region qualify for the NCAA tournament, but the RMAC tournament champion receives an automatic bid.

“The only way to get in is to win the RMAC,” CMU coach Dan MacDonald said.

Colorado Mesa hosts the RMAC tournament April 18-19 at the Elliott Tennis Center.

The top four teams in the region are Texas schools. Western New Mexico (6-5 in region) is fifth, and Metro State (7-5 in region) is sixth.

The Mavericks (9-8, 5-4 in region) play Metro State on Friday afternoon in Denver.

The Colorado Mesa women (12-8) aren’t ranked in the region.

The NCAA field is announced April 29.

League Honor

Colorado Mesa men’s lacrosse goalie Brad Brandenburg received the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Defensive Player of the Week award.

The senior made 11 saves in the Mavericks’ 8-7 victory over Notre Dame de Namur a week ago. He also had two ground balls.

This is Brandenburg’s second player of the week honor this season.


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