Sports Briefs, Feb. 16, 2011

College Wrestling

Gappmaier is wrestler of week

Mesa State’s Jon Gappmaier won three matches last week in the Mavericks’ final homestand to earn the RMAC wrestler of the week award.

The 157-pound sophomore from Salt Lake City defeated eighth-ranked Ted Bristol of Grand Canyon 7-5, Derek Koehn of Fort Hays State 11-4 and pinned Islam Abitov of Nebraska-Kearney in 5:52.

Gappmaier (15-11) leads the RMAC 157-pound wrestlers with five pins.

Mesa State is off until Feb. 25-26 when it wrestles in the NCAA Division II West Regional at San Francisco.

Former Meeker champ LeBlanc selected as wrestler of the week

Former Meeker three-time state wrestling champion Joe LeBlanc was chosen the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week.

The University of Wyoming junior (21-1), ranked fifth in the nation, defeated two top-15 opponents last week. He defeated 15th-ranked Erich Schmidtke of Oklahoma 13-2, then defeated 10th-ranked Chris Perry of Oklahoma State 4-3.

The 184-pound All-American is 7-1 against ranked opponents this season.

The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its fifth year of competition, comprises seven schools: Air Force, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

Youth Wrestling

Eight Outlaws place in Utah

The Colorado Outlaws wrestling club had eight wrestlers place in last weekend’s Jacob’s Challenge in St. George, Utah.

Dawson Collins (10-under, 53 pounds), Dylan Martinez (10-under, 61 pounds), Skylar Marx (12-under, 74 pounds), Cody Lacy (15-under, 78 pounds), Isaac Rodriguez (15-under, 137 pounds), Jacob Seeley (15-under, 156 pounds) all won their divisions.

Kaylee Lacy (10-under, 57 pounds) and Brendon Barnes (10-under, 61 pounds) finished third.


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