Season ends for Mesa State wrestlers
Any hopes or dreams of winning a national title or even becoming an All-American ended for the three Mesa State College wrestlers competing in the NCAA Division II national championships.
The season came to an end for Tyler Nelson, Dylan Granard and Shane Miller on Friday in Kearney, Neb.
Augustana (S.D.) College leads the team race with 51 points. No. 1 ranked Nebraska-Omaha is second with 45. Newberry (S.C.) and St. Cloud State (Minn.) are tied for third with 35.5.
Of the three national qualifiers, only Granard (29-15) won a match, 2-1, in the first overtime tiebreaker, in the 165-pound first round of consolation.
The Mesa redshirt freshman lost a 9-4 decision to Wisconsin-Parkside’s Matt Gille in the first round and was eliminated by No. 2-ranked Tad Merritt of St. Cloud State (Minn.) in the second round of consolation, 8-0. Merritt was upset in the quarterfinals.
Miller, a 197-pound senior, lost in the first round to No. 2-ranked Tyler Copsey of Augustana, 10-1, then was eliminated by University of Findlay’s Daniel Stevenson 5-3 in the consolation first round. Miller finished the season 20-16.
Nelson’s (15-19) unexpected run came to an end with a consolation first round loss to Central Oklahoma’s Trison Graham, 9-1 at 133 pounds. Austin Williams of Kutztown (Pa.) University defeated Nelson 6-3 in the second overtime tiebreaker in the first round.
Mesa State scored at least one run in each of the first seven innings to rout rival CSU-Pueblo 15-2 at Suplizio Field in the first of a four-game RMAC series.
Dustin Fackrell went 3 for 3 and drove in a half-dozen runs to key Mesa’s 17-hit attack.
Fackrell hit a solo home run in the second, drove in two on a base hit in the third and blew it open with a bases-loaded double in the sixth for an 11-1 lead.
The Mavericks added four more in the seventh. Colton Schoelkopf went 3 for 4 with two RBI and hit his first collegiate home run, a solo shot in the fifth inning
Dylan Evans scattered five hits through eight innings and struck out nine to go to 2-0.
The teams play a doubleheader starting at 4:30 this afternoon at Suplizio and wrap up the series Sunday at noon.
Mesa State College sophomore Alexis Skarda won her heat in the preliminary round of the NCAA Division II indoor national championships Friday and is the top qualifier for today’s finals.
Seeded eighth entering the race, Skarda beat the top half of the field, which included Monica Kinney of Grand Valley State, who had the best time coming into the national meet in Albuquerque, N.M.
Skarda ran a time of 4 minutes, 56.98 seconds, beating Kinney by a half-second in the first heat. The finals of the mile are at 4 this afternoon.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Brock Martin placed eighth Friday in his first NCAA Division II diving championship in San Antonio, Texas.
The Mesa State College freshman scored 455.20 points in the 1-meter diving finals. Justin McDonald of Incarnate Word (Texas) scored 503.40 points to win the title.
Jaclyn McMillen finished eighth in the B finals, 16th overall, in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 57.92 seconds. McMillen swims the 200 back today.