Three Mesa wrestlers move on to nationals

Three Colorado Mesa University wrestlers will compete in the NCAA Division II national tournament after placing in the Super Region 4/RMAC tournament Saturday in Chadron, Neb.

Jon Gappmaier, a senior from Salt Lake City, lost 10-2 in the 157-pound championship match and Nick Petersen fell 5-3 to Western State’s Kyle Piatt. Piatt, a redshirt freshman from Olathe, is 26-6 in his first season; Petersen, a senior from Delta, Utah, takes a 26-7 record into nationals. Gappmaier is 15-6 and heading to his second straight national tournament.

James Martinez, a Rifle sophomore, qualified for nationals by placing fourth at 149 pounds. Martinez controlled the second period of his consolation semifinal match, a 5-1 victory over Noah Killip of Fort Hays State, moving into the third-place match.

There he was pinned in the second period by Grand Canyon’s Bobby Ward, but because of his win over Killip, Martinez didn’t have to go through a wrestleback to qualify for nationals.

Zak Slotten lost his 174-pound consolation semifinal 3-2 to Travis Budke of Fort Hays State, then lost to Adams State’s Jarrod Purvis 3-2 in the fifth-place match.

The Mavericks finished seventh in the regional standings with 51.5 points. Nebraska-Kearney ran away with the championship, scoring 147.5 points.


Nolan Snell struck out seven batters in seven innings, leading the Mavericks to a 6-2 win over Grand Canyon University to even the three-game series at 1-1.

Colorado Mesa scored two runs in each of the first three innings and turned it over to Snell, who scattered five hits and allowed one run. Aaron Corwin finished up, giving up one run on three hits and striking out two.

Justin Rosales had a two-run single in the first and the Mavs scored a pair of unearned runs in the second. Colton Little drove in two runs in the third for CMU (5-4), which wraps up the nonconference schedule with one game against the Lopes today at noon.


A planned RMAC tripleheader turned into a doubleheader in Las Vegas, N.M., but only because the teams played so many innings they ran out of daylight.

The Mavericks downed New Mexico Highlands 10-8 in 11 innings in the opener and 5-3 in eight innings in the second. With inclement weather expected to move in overnight, CMU coach Candace Abrams wasn’t sure Saturday if they’ll be able to play today.

Colorado Mesa (4-4, 2-0 RMAC) pounded out 17 hits in the first game, but left 19 runners on base.

In the second game, Nicole Robinson went 3 for 5 with two singles and a double and Makayla Kovac went 5 for 11 on the day, including a 3-for-7 opener. Taylor Gross went 4 for 6 in the opener.

Indoor Track

The Mavericks had three national provisional qualifiers in the finals of the RMAC indoor track and field championships Saturday in Spearfish, S.D. Whitney Rowe, who ran provisional times in the 60 and 200 meters in the prelims, bettered her provisional time in the 200, placing fourth in 25.61 seconds.

Rowe also placed second in the 60 meters in 7.78 seconds, achieving first-team all RMAC in the process. Cathryn Ambler’s time of 58.44 in the women’s 400 meters was also a provisional time, by .03 seconds, placing her third and earning second-team all-conference honors.

Shane Niksic placed third in the men’s 800 meters in a provisional qualifying time of 1:55.54, earning second-team all-RMAC honors.

Jordan Riggins was fifth in the men’s 60 meters (6.99) and sixth in the 200 (22.70). Augustus Barnes placed fifth in the 400 (50.75) and Randy Brown was sixth (43-11.75) and Justin Wallace seventh (43-8.05) in the triple jump.


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