The Colorado Mesa University wrestling team took on the Grand Canyon 'Lopes in Brownson Arena on Thursday night. The Mavericks came into the dual ranked No. 9 in the country while the 'Lopes came in ranked 11th. A pair of pins gave CMU the 21-18 win and the inside track for the RMAC dual meet title.
The night started off with a bang in the 125 pound weight class. Freshman Jonathon Stelling defeated returning NCAA National Champion Kyle McCrite from Grand Canyon 4-2. Stelling scored a pair of takedowns in the match while McCrite could only garner a pair of escapes. Stelling moved his record to 21-8 on the season and gave the Mavericks a 3-0 lead.
The 'Lopes won the next two matches in overtime to take a 6-3 lead.
In the 149 pound matchup, 8th ranked Bobby Ward of Grand Canyon took on 12-1 James Martinez of CMU. Ward picked up the late 6-5 win over Martinez. Martinez was penalized for an illegal hold that tied the match at 5-5. Ward was given an escape with 35 deconds remaining in the match and Martinez could score a takedown after that. GCU led 9-3 at that point.
After a Jon Gappmaier overtime win at 157 pounds, in stepped Tyler Miles. Miles came up with the heroics last week against Northern Colorado and provided a serious spark for the Mavericks again. Mile pinned Juan Carlos Maynes of Grand Canyon in 2:31 and gave the Mavericks a 12-9 lead in the dual.
The two teams split decisions in the next two matches and the Mavericks lead was 15-12 heading to the 197 pound match.
Jordan Passehl came into the match with a chance to put the dual out of reach and he did just that. Passehl earned an odd pin at the 6:22 mark of the match. Passehl and Haughian were working for a takedown but Haughian went to his back and the mat got slapped. Passehl picked up a pin and gave the Mavericks a 21-12 lead and the match.
Grand Canyon's Tyrell Fortune picked up a pin in the nights final match which made the final 21-18.
With the win, the Mavericks run their dual win streak to 13.
The Mavericks will be back on the mat on Saturday as they take on rival Western State in Brownson Arena. First bout is slated to begin at 7:00pm.