No. 10 CMU Wrestling Improves to 17-1 With Win Over Northern Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, colo.-The Colorado Mesa University wrestling team took on the Division I Northern Colorado Bears in a dual on Thursday night.
The two teams split the ten bouts but a James Martinez pin at 149 pounds proved to be the difference as the Mavericks extended their win streak to 12 matches after an 18-17 thrilling victory in Brownson Arena.
Colorado Mesa and Northern Colorado split the first two matches of the night. UNC's Jesse Nielsen scored a major decision victory at 174 pounds while CMU's Nick Petersen picked up a decision at 184 pounds.
In the third match of the night, Maverick Jordan Passehl faced off with Bear Cody McAninch at 197 pounds. McAninch had the early lead in the match and led 4-2 heading into the final period. Passehl took McAninch down and let him up twice to even the bout. Passehl's final takedown occurred with roughly five second left in the match which still gave McAninch a riding point and the win 7-6. Northern Colorado led 7-3 after three bouts.
After UNC scored a decision victory at 285 pounds, Colorado Mesa's Jonathon Stelling picked up a 9-3 victory at 125 pounds. The freshman is now 20-8 on the season and cut the Bear lead to 10-6.
The Bears and Mavericks would split the next two matches to make the score of the dual 13-9 in favor of Northern Colorado.
At 149 pounds, Mavericks James Martinez scored a pin over Northern Colorado's Nick Alspaugh at the 2:18 mark of the match. The pin was Martinez' sixth of the season and pushed his record to 12-1 on the season. That gave the Mavericks their first lead of the dual at 15-13.
Senior Jon Gappmaier fell to Northern Colorado's Mitchell Polkowske 9-0 to make the dual score 17-15 in favor of Northern Colorado. Gappmaier's record is now 10-3 on the season.
In the night's final bout, UNC's Charlie McMartin squared off with Maverick Tyler Miles. McMartin took early control of the match and was injured on a shot attempt. McMartin continued on but wasn't the same. Miles scored a takedown on the injury and picked up two escapes and a reversal to score the 7-6 decision and win the dual for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks will return to the mats next Thursday for a dual with nationally ranked Grand Canyon and then on Saturday a showdown with rival Western State in Brownson Arena.