Created: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:12:00 MST
Updated: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:14:46 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. – For the first time ever, the Colorado Mesa University wrestling team hosted the NCAA West Region / RMAC Championships. The Mavericks moved two wrestlers into the finals in James Martinez at 149 pounds and Paco Retana at 197 pounds.
Martinez picked up a fall in 1:14 over New Mexico Highlands' Pierce Stowman in his quarterfinal match before earning a 6-2 decision over San Francisco State's Conrad Snell in the semifinals. Martinez guaranteed himself a spot in the NCAA National Tournament by reaching the championship match. Martinez will make his third trip to the NCAA's, picking up a sixth place finish last season.
Retana defeated Colorado Mines' Paul Wilson by fall at 1:55 in his quarterfinal match and then went on to pick up a 10-6 decision over top seeded Caleb Gerl from Cal Baptist 10-6 in the semifinals. Retana will be making his second trip to the Region Championship after being crowned champion in 2012. He will be making his second trip to the national tournament.
The Mavericks still have seven guys competing in the tournament with the top three at each weight qualifying for the NCAA National Tournament.
Trevor Donarski, Chester Granard and Jordan Passehl all reached the semifinals before falling. All will have to win two matches tomorrow to make the NCAA Tournament.
Colby Christensen and Jessie Hoffschneider both fell in their quarterfinal matches but have worked their way back through and will also need to win two matches to qualify.
Western State Colorado leads the team standings with 62.5 points followed by Cal Baptist, Adams State and Colorado Mesa.
The tournament continues tomorrow with matches beginning at 11am in Brownson Arena.