Colorado Mesa’s women’s wrestling team went 2-0 on Friday in the NWCA National Duals at Freedom Hall in Lexington, Kentucky to reach today’s semifinals.
This morning, the Mavericks face top-seeded McKendree University (Illinois) for a spot in the championship dual of the 15-team, dual-meet tournament.
CMU, seeded fifth, lost only two bouts in a 33-8 victory over Limestone University, getting three pins and three technical falls. Mesa followed that with a 34-11 win over fourth-seeded Emmanuel, recording two pins and four technical falls.
Jennesis Martinez (101 pounds), Anja Tschohl (109), Aleena Gomez (116), Marissa Gallegos (123) and Dalia Garibay (136) each won both of their bouts, with Sierra Brown Ton and Cindy Zepeda each winning one match at 130.
Zepeda wrestled up against Emmanuel and lost at 136 pounds. Alma Mendoza pinned her opponent from Emmanuel after receiving a forfeit against Limestone at 155 pounds.
The Mavs won seven of 10 races in the first day of a meet against Colorado Mines and Dixie State.
Lane Austin won the men’s 50-yard freestyle race in 21.14 seconds and led off Mesa’s winning 200 free and 400 medley relay teams. Torsten Rau won the men’s 1,000 free (4 minutes, 43.39 seconds), with Logan Ellis second.
Davy Brown won the women’s 200 individual medley (2:09.40) with Grace Payton second.
Ammar Hassan broke his own pool and school scoring record in the 1-meter competition, scoring 623.17 points on 11 dives. Jolynn Harris won the women’s diving title with 478.57 points to also break the pool and school record.
All 11 divers who competed for CMU have reached national qualifying standards.
Mesa’s 13th-ranked men’s team leads Mines 58-33. The No. 9 women’s team leads Mines 67-24 and Dixie 65-26 entering the final two sessions today.
Kyle Kintz won the 141-pound division of the Western Colorado Open, winning four straight matches after losing his first match in the round-robin division.
The Mavs entered wrestlers who are backups and redshirting in the open, with the varsity lineup wrestling in today’s Tracy Borah Duals in Gunnison.
Kintz defeated two teammates along the way, a 4-2 win over Daniel Magana and defeating Estevan Maldonado 7-3. Magana placed third and Maldonado fourth.
Marcos Magana won his third-place match at 149 pounds, defeating Mason Hulse of Northern Colorado 8-4. Dylan Ranieri was third at 157 pounds, pinning Western’s Ryan Wilson in 6 minutes, 45 seconds.
Kash Anderson went 1-1 against a pair of Air Force wrestlers to place second in the three-man 197-pound division.