Facing the sixth-ranked team in the country can be a duanting task, but the Pack was up to the challenge Thursday night, scoring three match victories despite losing 28-9.
The Pack came in with a fighting chance, as Western State pulled second-ranked 184-pounder, Charlie Pipher, from the lineup, but the Pack couldn't measure up to the Mountaineers' lineup and their three nationally-ranked wrestlers.
The Pack's wins came behind Louie DeSantis (Jr., Escondido, Calif.), who edged out a 9-7 decision over Chris Freije, and Martin Dick (Fr., Azle, Tex.), taking down Kyle Francis 5-3 in Francis' first match of the season. DeSantis improved to 21-9 with the win, while Dick broke a four-match skid with his win, improving to 13-14.
Another Western State late sub, Clayton Weaver, wrestling in place of Pipher, fell to Kellen Desmond (Jr., Escondido, Calif.), who took a 10-5 decision. Desmond's win was his first in seven matches.
The ThunderWolves closed up shop and headed to their next match, a date at Fort Hays State (Kan.) Friday evening in an RMAC showdown.