GOLDEN, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo 197-pounder Tony Chavarria (Fr., Pueblo West, Colo.) was just one point away from claiming the consolation championship at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Open at Colorado School of Mines Saturday.
Chavarria overcame a pin at the hands of eventual 197-pound champion and Division-I wrestler, Northern Colorado's Eric Brennan, to rattle off three wins on the consolation side of the bracket before falling to another UNC 197-pounder, Patrick Carey, in the consolation championship by a 4-3 decision.
Chavarria placed fourth at 197 pounds.
Chavarria was one of just three regular members of the Pack's starting 10 to compete at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Open, joined by Joe Jones (Fr., Aurora, Colo.) and Frank Sandoval (Fr., Durango, Colo.).
Sandoval's run was especially entertaining, as the much maligned freshman, who has gone winless in 13 dual appearances for the Pack at heavyweight, rolled out two pins to finish just one win away from placing.
The rest of the tournament was for CSU-Pueblo reserves, most of which hadn't had any matches since December. Headlining that group was heavyweight Jon Russel (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and 141-pounder Shawn Gregory (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), both of which nabbed their first collegiate wins at the open.
The Pack will return to RMAC dual action next Friday when it closes out its home dual schedule vs. Grand Canyon University at 7 p.m.