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.
125 Jonathon Stelling (CMU) vs. Abe Fox (UNC) 9-3 UNC 10-6
CMU's Stelling is now 20-8 on the season; UNC's Fox is now 1-5 on the season
133 Tyler Nelson (CMU) vs. Sam Bauer (UNC) 3-1 UNC 10-9
CMU's Nelson is now 9-6 on the season; UNC's Bauer is now 6-11 on the season
141 Drew Schumann (CMU) vs. Nick Adams (UNC) 12-7 UNC 13-9
UNC's Adams is now 10-7 on the season; CMU's Schumann is now 16-9 on the season
149 James Martinez (CMU) vs. Nick Alspaugh (UNC) 2:18 CMU 15-13
CMU's Martinez is now 12-1 on the season; UNC's Alspaugh is now 1-10 on the season
157 #2 Jon Gappmaier (CMU) vs. Mitchell Polkowske (UNC) 9-0 UNC 17-15
UNC's Polkowske is now 7-4 on the season; CMU's Gappmaier is now 10-3 on the season
165 Tyler Miles (CMU) vs. Charlie McMartin (UNC) 7-6 CMU 18-17
CMU's Miles is now 10-7 on the season; UNC's McMartin is now 14-10 on the season
174 Mitch Wyatt (CMU) vs. Jessie Nielsen (UNC) 11-3 UNC 4-0
UNC's Nielsen is now 2-1 on the season; CMU's Wyatt is now 10-11 on the season
184 Nick Petersen (CMU) vs. Keith Johnson (UNC) 10-3 UNC 4-3
CMU's Petersen is now 21-4 on the season; UNC's Johnson is now 1-5 on the season
197 Jordan Passehl (CMU) vs. Cody McAninch (UNC) 7-6 UNC 7-3
UNC's McAninch is now 6-11 on the season; CMU's Passehl is now 8-4 on the season
285 Paco Retana (CMU) vs. Henry Chirino (UNC) 8-2 UNC 10-3
UNC's Chirino is now 20-7 on the season; CMU's Retana is now 12-14 on the season
*Dual started at 174 pounds
CMU Even Matches; UNC Odd Matches