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Senior James Martinez claimed CMU’s first-ever NCAA national championship in any sport after defeating his opponent at the National Wrestling Championships on March 14. He finished the season 39-3 and has now collected more than 110 wins in his career, with three All-American trophies


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Mavericks boast first-ever NCAA national champion

To say it’s been an incredible year for the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks is an understatement. Six Maverick athletic teams competed in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships the weekend of March 14.

Senior James Martinez claimed CMU’s first-ever NCAA national championship in any sport after defeating his opponent at the National Wrestling Championships on March 14. He finished the season 39-3 and has now collected more than 110 wins in his career, with three All-American trophies. His teammates Jordan Passehl and Randy Boerner also collected an All-American award, a first for both.

The day before, at the Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala., senior Whitney Rowe advanced to the finals of the 200-meter, winning her heat and qualifying in third place with a school record time. Senior Shane Niksic represented the men’s indoor track and field team, running a school record time of 1:52.42 to finish seventh in the 800-meter. Niksic did not advance to the finals.

At the March 14 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., CMU finished with a combined 10 All-American awards at the championships. Among the award winners were sophomore Mary Saiz, junior Justin Hastings and senior Amanda Jennings. The men’s team finished 22nd with 29 points. The women’s team placed 25th with 37.5 points.

CMU’s women’s basketball team fought back with just 3.2 seconds to play but fell in a 68-65 loss to the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith in the NCAA South Central Region quarterfinals in Canyon, Texas. The Mavericks closed the season with a 23-6 record.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper released its National Coaches Poll on March 16. The CMU Mavericks are ranked No. 1 for the first time in the program’s history.

On March 10, the men’s golf team finished 14th at the prestigious St. Edward’s Invitational in Austin, Texas. Some of the top teams in the nation competed, but rain and wind shortened the tournament to just 18 holes. The women’s golf team took a fifth place finish at the Fort Hays State University Spring Thaw Tournament in Arizona on March 18.

Junior Spencer Weinberg and senior Jordan Lyden led CMU’s men’s tennis team to a win over Metropolitan State University of Denver to open Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) play on March 6. The same day, the women’s team also opened RMAC play with a win over MSU–Denver.

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