Sports Briefs: Mesa women reach D-II Sweet 16; Martinez 5th in D-II wrestling nationals
CANYON, Texas — Colorado Mesa University’s women’s basketball team limited Tarleton State to just 35 percent shooting in a 66-44 win Saturday, giving the Mavericks a berth in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive season.
Glenwood Springs High School graduate Sharaya Selsor led all scorers with 20 points. Selsor finished with two of the Mavericks’ three 3-pointers.
Mesa (30-1) advanced to play against West Texas A&M, a 79-66 winner over St. Mary’s (Texas) later in the day. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.
Hannah Pollart controlled the paint from the get go and provided the Mavericks with another scoring threat. Pollart finished with 12 points and a team and season-high 12 rebounds. She and Aubry Boehme combined to hold Daktronics Region Player of the year Kiara Wright to just 14 points and seven rebounds.
Boehme finished with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Rifle’s James Martinez wrestles to fifth place in NCAA Division II National Championships
CLEVELAND — Colorado Mesa wrestler James Martinez, a graduate of Rifle High School, finished in fifth place in the 149-pound weight class of the NCAA Division II National Championships after defeating UIndy’s Cameron Brady, 3-1 in the fifth-place match on Saturday.
Martinez won his first match of the day by defeating Jeremy Landowski of Mercyhurst, 4-3. Martinez, however, fell to Terrel Wilbourn of Lindenwood, 5-2, when he wrestled for to move into the third-place match.
Mesa’s Chester Granard (174 pounds) followed the same path Martinez. Granard defeated CSU-Pueblo’s Trevor Grant, 4-2, to move into the consolation semifinals. He met Elliot Copeland of Western State and fell 7-5, then rebounded and defeated Zeb Wahle of Maryville, 5-2, in the fifth-place match.
It was the highest finish for both wrestlers, and both became two-time All-Americans. Martinez’s previous-best finish was sixth last season. Granard moved up three spots from his eighth-place finish in 2012.
Mesa, as a team, finished in 19th place with 23 points.
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