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Rifle High graduate wrestling well at Mesa

Jon Mitchell
jmitchell@postindependent.com

James Martinez, a Rifle High School graduate now wrestling for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, was one of the top-ranked wrestlers in NCAA Division II headed into this weekend.

Martinez, a junior at Mesa, came into the season ranked No. 3 in the nation at 149 pounds. He owns a 6-1 record this season — 61-24 lifetime as a wrestler at Mesa — headed into the Mavericks’ duel at the University of Northern Colorado today in Greeley.

In his six victories this season, Martinez has won twice by pin, once my technical fall and twice by major decision. The only loss he suffered this year came against Mike Hamel of Grand Canyon University, who earned an 8-3 decision over Martinez in the weight-class championship match of the Colorado Mesa Open on Nov. 9.

Martinez has earned other accolades during his time at the Grand Junction school. The construction management major has a pair of NCAA tournament appearances and was a fourth-place finisher in the 2012 NCAA Super Region 4 Championships.

The 2010 Rifle High graduate managed a fifth-place finish at the 4A State Championships a 140 pounds during his senior year. That followed a third-place finish at 135 pounds during Martinez’s junior year.

Delta falls in Class 3A state football playoffs

Delta High School’s football team was eliminated in the semifinal round of the Class 3A state playoffs on Saturday afternoon, losing to defending state champion Silver Creek, 28-17.

The victory for the Raptors gives them a chance to successfully defend their state title when they play Coronado, a 28-27 winner over The Classical Academy, in Saturday’s other semifinal. Ninth-seeded Silver Creek, though a lower seed in the 16-team bracket than the sixth-seeded Cougars, will be the designated home team since the Raptors have played fewer home games in the postseason.

Delta (9-4), the No. 13 seed, defeated No. 12 Glenwood Springs, 13-9, in the quarterfinals at Stubler Memorial Field on Nov. 16.

The upcoming championship game will feature a pair of teams that will move up to Class 4A next season. Silver Creek’s increased enrollment dictated its impending move to a higher classification, and Coronado, with an enrollment of more than 1,300, played down at the 3A level for two seasons after years of futility at Class 4A.

Rifle’s football team lost to Coronado in Colorado Springs, 34-31, in a first-round matchup on Nov. 9.

Gianinetti twins finish first volleyball season at Mesa

Hattie and Megan Gianinetti finished their first seasons of playing Division II volleyball for Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction when the Mavericks’ season ended on Nov. 19.

The freshman twins graduated from Roaring Fork High School this past spring. Megan Gianinetti redshirted this season while Hattie saw limited playing time, recording three kills and one assist in seven sets played for Mesa, which finished the season with a 21-8 record.


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