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    Adams State defeats Colorado Mesa

    ALAMOSA, Colo. -- The Adams State University Grizzlies Wrestling team continued to wrestle well Thursday night at Plachy Hall, defeating the ninth-ranked Colorado Mesa Mavericks 21-18. The score was slightly deceiving, as the Grizzlies won six out of the eight matches in which they had a wrestler, forfeiting the 141 and 197 pound matches.

    Thursday night�s win propelled the Grizzlies into first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings.

    The evening�s action begin at the 285-pound weight class where ASU�s Taylor Stam (Parker, Colo.) jumped out to a 5-0 first period lead on a takedown and three-point near fall. Stam would have likely gotten the pin but time expired. Stam would get an escape in the third period and finished the night with a 6-2 victory over Colorado Mesa�s Paco Retana.

    Stam, who has been wrestling well as of late after a slow start to the season, is now 8-11, 5-5 in duals on the season.

    Next up on the night was ASU�s eighth-ranked Jerry Huff (Broomfield, Colo.) who dominated against Colorado Mesa�s Jonathon Sterling. Huff was leading 6-1 when he pinned Sterling at the 4:18 mark of the match. Huff, who recently garnered the No. 8 ranking in the nation, is now an impressive 19-4 on the season and a perfect 8-0 in duals on the year.

    Martin Ramirez (Elk Grove, Calif.) extended the Grizzly lead to 12-0. Ramirez defeated Tyler Nelson 7-2 on his way to improving to 19-10, 7-3 in duals on the year.

    The Grizzlies forfeited the 141-pound match as No. 3 Ryan Fillingame (Victorville, Calif.) was out due to illness.

    In the 149-pound weight class, Max Ortega (Rio Rancho, N.M.) was impressive in defeating the Maverick�s James Martinez, who came into the match with only two losses on the year. Ortega made a valiant effort trying to score the Grizzlies more points in a major-decision but settled for a convincing 10-3 decision. Ortega improved to 14-5 on the season. He is also an undefeated 6-0 in dual matches this year.

    In the most impressive win of the night, junior Daniel Kelly (Parker, Colo.) defeated Colorado Mesa�s Jon Gappmaier by a score of 7-3. Gappmaier came in with a strong 12-3 record on the year. Kelly trailed at the end of the first period but was able to tie the score up at three heading into the final stanza. Kelly was very impressive in the last two minutes, scoring four points to get the 7-3 win.

    Kelly now leads the team in wins and boasts a 22-7, 9-1 mark on the season. Kelly is also 6-0 on the year in RMAC duals.

    Continuing the domination theme, Justin Samora (Cortez, Colo.) scored a decision over Mesa�s Tyler Miles with an 8-2 decision. Samora, now 18-11, 8-2 on the season, was never in doubt and scored an extra point with over one minute of riding time by the end of the match.

    No. 8 Jarrod Purvis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) suffered a heartbreaking loss at 174 pounds, losing in the second sudden victory period by a score of 3-2. With the scored tied at one, neither wrestler was able to score in the first sudden victory period or the first sudden death periods. Colorado Mesa�s Zak Slotten escaped from Purvis with less than one second to go in the second sudden victory period to secure the victory. Purvis fell to 16-7, 7-3 in duals on the season.

    The score for the dual at this point was 21-9 in the Grizzlies favor.
    Mark Mabry Jr. (Benson, Ariz.) fell in the 184-pound matchup, losing 4-1 and falling to 6-9, 0-3 for the year.

    The Grizzlies would forfeit the final match of the evening at 197 pounds but had built a big enough lead to secure the 21-18 win over the No. 9 team in the nation. ASU is now 7-3, 5-1 in the RMAC and in sole possession of first place.

    The Grizzlies wrestle for the final time at home this season against Colorado Mines on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Plachy Hall.

    Results:
    285 Taylor Stam (ASU) dec. Paco Retana (CMU), 6-2 3 0
    Stam is now 8-11, 5-5 in duals.
    125 #8 Jerry Huff (ASU) def. Jonathon Sterling (CMU), 4:38 9 0
    Huff is now 19-4, 8-0 in duals.
    133 Martin Ramirez (ASU) dec. Tyler Nelson (CMU), 7-2 12 0
    Ramirez is now 19-10, 7-3 in duals.
    141 Drew Schumann wins by forfeit. 12 6
    149 Max Ortega (ASU) dec. James Martinez (CMU), 10-3 15 6
    Ortega is now 14-5, 6-0 in duals.
    157 Daniel Kelly (ASU) dec. Jon Gappmaier (CMU), 7-3 18 6
    Kelly is now 22-7, 9-1 in duals.
    165 Justin Samora (ASU) dec. Tyler Miles (CMU), 8-2 21 6
    Samora is now 18-11, 8-2 in duals.
    174 Zak Slotten (CMU) dec. # 8 Jarrod Purvis (ASU), 3-2 (SV-2) 21 9
    Purvis is now 16-7, 7-3 in duals.
    184 Nick Petersen (CMU) def. Mark Mabry, Jr. (ASU), 5-1. 21 12
    Mabry, Jr. is now 6-9, 0-3 in duals.
    197 Jordan Passehl (CMU) wins by forfeit 21 18

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