Four UVU Grapplers Place at UNC's Old Chicago Open

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Sophomore Sam Mecham placed second at 141.
Sophomore Sam Mecham placed second at 141.

Nov. 17, 2012

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GREELEY, Colo. - Four of the five wrestlers that competed at Northern Colorado's Old Chicago Open placed for Utah Valley University's wrestling team on Saturday.

"We had a small group of wrestlers representing UVU but they represented well," said UVU associate head coach Erkin Tadzhimetov. "They wrestled well on top and bottom but we have some work to do on our feet. Also we need to get in a little better shape and push through the hard matches."

Leading the way for UVU were sophomore 125-pounders Chasen Tolbert and Colby Christensen (unattached) as they met one another for the title and decided to take a double forfeit to become co-champions. Behind them sophomore 141-pounder Sam Mecham placed second and junior heavyweight Zac Jensen finished sixth.

Tolbert and Christensen made it to the championship bout after Christensen went 4-0 with two technical falls and Tolbert went 3-0 with two falls in the 125-pound bracket. The teammates then decided to settle on the double forfeit.

Mecham placed second on the day after he went 3-1. The sophomore won his first three contests, one of which by major decision, before falling to Northern Colorado's Nick Adams in the title match.

Jensen earned his sixth-place finish at heavyweight after going 1-3 at the tournament. The junior won his quarterfinal contest Danny Chaid of the Olympic Training Center by decision and then dropped his final three.

Also competing at the open but unattached to UVU was freshman 133-pounder Josh Metivier. Metivier finished with a 1-2 record at the open tournament.

The Wolverine wrestling team will take next week off but will return to action Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.