Western shows Mesa how to get opponent on the mat in rout

Mesa State’s Chase Walker, front, had to work overtime Wednesday, but got the Mavs’ only victory with a 5-1 win over Western State’s Nick Ross at Brownson Arena. The No. 6-ranked Mountaineers defeated the Mavs 32-3 in the dual.



Charlie Pipher and the Western State College wrestling team got the better of his dad and Mesa State again.

Sixth-ranked Western State defeated Mesa State 32-3 in an RMAC dual Wednesday night at Brownson Arena.

The Mountaineers (5-3, 2-0 RMAC) won nine of the 10 matches, but none by pin.

“Some of our guys wrestled well,” Western State coach Miles Van Hee said. “I was disappointed in our lighter weights. We started out flat. It’s not just about winning; it’s about finishing, but anytime you win nine of the 10 matches, you’re moving in the right direction.”

Western State gave the Mavericks (2-2-1, 2-2-1 RMAC) a lesson in takedowns, registering 41 in the 10 matches.

Donovan McMahill (20-7), ranked second in the nation at 197 pounds, led the way with eight takedowns in his match, scoring 23 points in a technical fall victory over James Breidel in 6:23 at 197 pounds.

“We gave up too many positions,” Mesa State coach Chuck Pipher said. “They would shoot and reshoot. They hit the same things we work on.

“They stayed in our face and we were not reacting to it. We were outwrestled at every position. We’ve got to keep working.”

Chase Walker won the only match for the Mavericks, but needed overtime to defeat Nick Ross 5-1.

“He tied me up, but I didn’t create any motion,” Walker (17-3) said. “I need to score more.

Mentally, I’m in better shape. I’m not scared going overtime.”

The No. 3-ranked wrestler at 157 pounds broke a 1-1 tie with a takedown and near fall with 12 seconds left in overtime.

“Nick wrestles every match like that,” Pipher said. “He keeps it close to the end. Chase wrestled smart.”

Charlie Pipher, who moved up to No. 2 in the nation this week, took down long time friend Andy Laiminger six times in a 15-5 major decision at 184 pounds.

“Once you’re on the mat, it’s show time,” Charlie Pipher said. “That’s the way it is. You can’t take (friendship) to the mat. If you do, you get hurt or don’t wrestle well.

“Andy is a tough kid. He is real strong. You’ve got to wrestle him hard. You never know with him.”

Chuck Pipher was happy for his son and pleased with Laiminger’s effort.

“Charlie wrestled tough,” Chuck Pipher said. “Andy didn’t hold back. I knew he wouldn’t. He hung in there.”

Van Hee knew it would be a tough match for Charlie, but liked the result.

“I think Charlie puts pressure on himself wrestling against his dad’s team,” Van Hee said. “He was tight, but he finished strong.”

Western State’s Skye Wells defeated Cole Johnson in a rivalry dating back to high school when Wells wrestled for Gunnison and Johnson wrestled for Hotchkiss.

“They have battled and know each other,” Chuck Pipher said. “Cole was taken down and had to chase him the rest of the match. When he gets behind, he struggles to score, but he’ll be in it in the end.”

Mesa State’s Rhett Breed excited the crowd and surprised Western State’s Marques Bravo with an early takedown, but the No. 4-ranked Bravo rallied to win 9-2 at 133 pounds.

Western State’s Larry Wilbanks, ranked sixth at 174 pounds, defeated Kyle Brightman 12-3.


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