Western pins Mesa to win RMAC title

Western State Colorado had three pins to lift the Mountaineers to a 27-15 victory over Colorado Mesa on Thursday night at Paul Wright Gym in Gunnison.

The 10th-ranked Mountaineers (10-2, 7-1 RMAC) clinched the RMAC regular-season dual title with the victory. They scored 24 of their 27 points from four matches — three pins and one forfeit.

The 17th-ranked Mavericks (10-5, 4-3 RMAC) had a chance to tie the dual in the final match with a pin, but Western State heavyweight Lane Stuht pinned Jordan Passehl with one second left in the second period.

“We were winning the heavyweight match with riding time,” CMU coach Chuck Pipher said. “We were getting ready to tilt (Stuht), and he catches Jordan in a headlock.”

Olathe High School graduate and Western State 133-pound redshirt freshman Zach Shank pinned Colby Christensen in 2:46, and the Mountaineers’ Corbin Benetts pinned Brandon Kittle, who was wrestling in place of injured Daniel Salazar at 141, for a 12-3 lead.

The Mavericks won four consecutive decisions to take a 15-12 lead, but they lost the final three matches of the dual.

Olathe graduate and Western State 184-pound junior Kyle Piatt won by forfeit.

“Willy (Holdren) weighs 170 pounds, and Piatt has a lot of pins,” Pipher said. “Also, if we give up one there, that gives them the momentum.”

Western State’s Sam Mangum defeated Paco Retana 8-4 at 197 pounds for a 21-15 lead.

Women’s Soccer

The Colorado Mesa women’s soccer program announced Tuesday it has signed Coal Ridge High School senior Amanda Wenzel to a national letter of intent along with Fruita Monument senior Jamie Madson.

Wenzel scored six goals and had 19 assists as a junior midfielder to earn All-Western Slope League first-team honors during the 2013 spring season. The Titans reached the Class 3A state quarterfinals.

Madson was a second-team All-Southwestern League selection as a freshman and has been a team captain for the Wildcats since her sophomore season. The defender was selected to the Academic All-State team as a junior.

Colorado Mesa is scheduled to open the 2014 season on the road against Midwestern State on Sept. 4.


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