photo courtesy of Colorado Mesa athetlics
Colorado Mesa made its return to the mat in 2006, with Chuck Pipher at the helm of a program that first wrestled in 1940 and had been on hiatus since being dropped in 1992. The Mavericks have 30 All-Americans in 15 years in NCAA Division II, including one National Champion, 157-pounder James Martinez in 2015.
Prior to the program being dropped, 12 Mavericks had won National Championships at either the JUCO or NAIA levels. All 10 starters return for Colorado Mesa next season, including all five 2020 NCAA Division II National Championship qualifiers from the 2019-20 season. Fred Green highlights the returners, earning NWCA All-American honors as the 3-seed at 165. The five qualifiers were second-best in the Super Region 6 field, with the Mavericks finishing third as a team at the Super Regional event.
Adding to the 10 returning starters for Colorado Mesa will be a couple of wrestlers coming off of redshirts, and a recruiting class numbering around 15. In total, the Mavericks will look to field a roster of around 45 for their 16th season in NCAA Division II.