ThunderWolves a few steps behind Chadron

ThunderWolves a few steps behind Chadron

Chadron State 27, CSU-Pueblo 15

CHADRON, Neb. - The ThunderWolves hung tough in their first road RMAC dual of the season Friday, but couldn't overcome stellar performances by Chadron State's top flight wrestlers, losing 27-15 to the Eagles.

Chadron, coming in as the 14th-ranked team in the country, saw all three of its nationally-ranked wresters, Devlon Webb (125), Brett Hunter (174) and Josh Majerus (197) score wins over ThunderWolf entrants, accounting for 11 team points, nearly the margin between the two teams in the dual.  Hunter and Majerus each earned four-point major decision wins, while Webb, the third-ranked 125-pounder in the country, got a challenge from the Pack's Lyle Evans (Jr., Grantsville, Utah), winning his match in a 3-0 decision.

Hunter's and Majerus' win undid a hot start by the ThunderWolves, which held a 15-7 lead after six matches.  The dual began at 125 pounds.

The matches the Pack did win were in dominant fashion.  Martin Dick (Fr., Azle, Tex.) had the biggest win, scoring a 19-2 technical fall of Bryan Irwin at 165 pounds. 

The Pack's winningest wrestler, Louie DeSantis (Jr., Escondido, Calif.), scored four points for the ThunderWolves with a 10-2 major decision win over Phil Bullington.

Keenen Funk (Jr., Riverton, Wyo.) and Joe Jones (Fr., Aurora, Colo.) each earned decisions, both grabbing their second consecutive wins.

The ThunderWolves now fall to 0-3 in RMAC duals, and 2-5 overall in duals this season.

The ThunderWolves' trek gets no easier, as their road trip continues in Kearney, Neb. Saturday when they take on the defending national champion, Nebraska-Kearney.

Chadron State 27, CSU-Pueblo 15

125 – Devlon Webb, CSC, Lyle Evans, CSU-P, 3-0.
133 – Joe Jones, CSU-P, dec. Ryan Zavala, CSC, 8-3.
141 – Jimmy Savala, CSC, major dec. Markus Portillos, CSU-P, 12-4.
149 – Louie Desantis, CSU-P, major dec. Phil Bullington, CSC, 10-2.
157 – Keenen Funk, CSU-P, dec. Jake Lords, CSC, 7-4.
165 – Martin Dick, CSU-P, tech. fall Bryan Irwin, CSC, 19-2.
174 – Brett Hunter, CSC, major dec. Justin Grant, CSU-P, 12-3.
184 – Ty Brown, CSC, pinned Kellen Desmond, CSU-P, 3:45.
197 – Josh Majerus, CSC, major dec. Tony Chavarria, CSU-P, 13-1.
285 – Shaine Odell, CSC, pinned Frank Sandoval, CSU-P, 2:22.