A 1-3 finish at the Tracy Borah Duals in Gunnison for the Colorado Mesa men’s wrestling team was dampened even further by another injury to 157-pound junior Payton Tawater.

After pinning Tristan Porsch of Fort Hays State in the Mavericks’ 30-22 victory, Tawater had to default out of his match against Dawson Combest of Indianapolis in the first period with an apparent knee injury. Tawater has injured both knees during his career.

The Mavericks lost to Indianapolis 31-15.

Mesa opened the dual tournament with a 30-22 win over Fort Hays State, and lost to North Carolina-Pembroke 27-27 and to Findlay 33-18. The Mavericks forfeited both the 157-pound match and the 165-pound match in the final two duals. Hayden Harris won his first two matches at 165, but is one of several wrestlers who have been ill all week, so the Mavs held him out of the final two matches.

Collin Metzgar went 3-0 at 125 pounds with one pin, and Cian Apple won his 125-pound bout against Pembroke 12-10.

Bracken Lovell was 3-1 at 133 pounds, and Seth Latham, after losing his first two matches, won his final two. Nolan Krone lost against Fort Hays State at 184 pounds, but won his other two matches and received one forfeit.

Women’s Wrestling

The Mavericks lost both duals in the NWCA National Duals in Lexington, Kentucky, finishing fourth.

Seeded fifth in the 15-team field, the Mavericks lost to top-seeded McKendree University 33-7 in the semifinals, then dropped a 33-15 decision to King University in the third-place match.

Marissa Gallegos, ranked fourth at 123 pounds, won a criteria decision against McKendree’s Alexia Ward, ranked second, after they tied 7-7. Cindy Zepeda won the only other match for the Mavericks, defeating Shaina Murray 8-4 at 130 pounds.

Aleena Gomez won her 116-pound match against King by pin to give the Mavericks an early lead after picking up a forfeit at 101 pounds, but King won five of the next six matches. Dalia Garibay’s 9-4 decision at 136 was the only other match the Mavericks won.


Torsten Rau won the men’s 1,000-yard freestyle Saturday in a national “B” qualifying time to lead the Colorado Mesa men’s swim team to a 185-149 victory over Colorado Mines at El Pomar Natatorium.

Rau finished in 9 minutes, 33.05 seconds and finished second to Lane Austin in the 200 backstroke. Austin, who also won the 100 backstroke and led off the winning 200 medley relay team, finished in 1:54.09, with Rau touching in 1:55.63.

Lane clocked a time of 50.55 in the 100 back. Justin Fell won the 200 free (1:42.61) and Jake Simmons won the 400 individual medley (4:11.84) in the morning session and won the 100 free in 47.15 seconds.

In the women’s meet, Grace Payton won the 400 IM (4:38.35), Candice Rosen won the 100 butterfly (58.71) and Lauren White led a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the 100 back, finishing in 58.19 seconds. Sarah Fillerup was second, followed by Davy Brown and Maddie Pressler.

In the third session, Rosen won the 100 individual medley for the women’s team in 1:00.94, Fillerup led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 backstroke in 2:04.59, with Brown second and Payton third.

The women’s team defeated Dixie State 185-132 and beat Colorado Mines 175-148.

Ammar Hassan won the men’s 3-meter diving exhibition with 511.35 points and Brittany Dixon won the women’s exhibition diving title with 449.32 points.

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