Sports: Mesa State Roundup January 25, 2009

Mavs wrestling team tops No. 15 Findlay in Gunnison

WRESTLING

One week after winning its first home dual, the Mesa State College wrestling team made more history.

The Mavericks defeated a nationally ranked program in No. 15 Findlay (Ohio) 18-16 on Saturday in the Tracy Borah Duals in Gunnison. Mesa State (3-4-1) lost to Division I teams Air Force 36-3 and Utah Valley State 40-6 in the dual tournament.

“It was a good win for us,” Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher said. “We won a match that we lost earlier this season.

“We had a tough time finding a way to win (in the other duals). We’ll keep working at it.”

The Mavericks and Findlay each won five matches, with Mesa winning one by forfeit for the difference. Findlay won four matches by decision and one by major decision.

Mesa 157-pounder Chase Walker won the only match against Utah Valley, pinning his opponent in 4:56. Mesa’s 133-pound freshman, Rhett Breed, won the only match for the Mavs against Air Force with a 10-3 decision.

Breed and Walker were each 2-1 in the tournament.


TRACK & FIELD

Mesa State All-American cross country runner Alexis Skarda finished well ahead of several Division I runners to win the 3,000-meter run in the Boise State Blue & Orange Invitational.

The freshman from Boulder won the race in 10 minutes, 11.54 seconds, nearly nine seconds ahead of the runner-up. Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos placed ninth in 10:47.00.

Andrea Ager took 14th in the 800 in 2:24.06, Natalie Corbet placed 14th in the 400 (1:05.45) and Michelle Clements was 14th in the shot put (10.37 meters).

Martinez-Ramos finished 15th in the one mile (5:31.88), Briana Hammer was 15th in the 400
(1:10.53) and Deb Vigil took 16th in the 800 (2:26.90).

The Mavericks’ 1,600-meter relay team placed 11th in 4:24.77.


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