#3 Nebraska-Kearney 46, CSU-Pueblo 0
KEARNEY, Neb. - The ThunderWolves hope that their 2008-09 season is their first step toward earning a national championship in the near future. But after taking on Nebraska-Kearney, the 2008 national champions, the ThunderWolves found out they have a long way to go.
The Lopers exterted dominance in nearly every match, scoring a 46-0 win over the ThunderWolves.
Kearney logged three pins, two technical falls and three major decisions against the Pack. The ThunderWolves' only real shot at victory came in the 149-pound match between Louis DeSantis (Jr., Escondido, Calif.) and Islam Abitov, as the two were deadlocked going into the third period. The margin of victory, a 3-2 win for Abitov, was accomplished when Abitov opted for the down position at the beginning of the period, and got a one-point escape five seconds into the period.
The loss drops the Pack to 0-4 in RMAC duals and 2-6 overall this season. The ThunderWolves will return to the mat on Jan. 24 when they travel to the Tracy Borah Duals at Western State College in Gunnison, Neb., where they will have duals with the Air Force Academy, Findlay (OH) and Utah Valley State.
# 3 Nebraska-Kearney 46, Colorado State-Pueblo 0
January 17, 2009 ** Health & Sports Center
125 lbs. Michael Abril, UNK tech fall Lyle Evans (16-1) 5-0
133 lbs. Joey Morrison, UNK pins Joe Jones (4:43) 11-0
141 lbs. Tyler Baker, UNK maj. dec. Markus Portillos (11-1) 15-0
149 lbs. Islam Abitov, UNK dec. Louie DeSantis (3-2) 18-0
157 lbs. # 7 Keenan McCurdy, UNK pins Keenen Funk (2:01) 24-0
165 lbs. # 5 Taylor May, UNK dec. Martin Dick (10-3) 27-0
174 lbs. # 2 Marty Usman, UNK maj. dec. Justin Grant (18-7) 31-0
184 lbs. # 8 Paul Sutton, UNK pins Kellen Desmond (6:59) 37-0
197 lbs. Matt Farrell, UNK maj. dec. Tony Chavarria (15-6) 41-0
285 lbs. # 7 Derek Ross, UNK tech fall Frank Sandoval (19-2; 4:15) 46-0
(Ross is ranked seventh at 197 lbs.)