In what is the very definition of "hitting the ground running," Intermat Wrestling has listed CSU-Pueblo's 2008-09 wrestling recruiting class as one of the nation's best, one of only six schools nationally to be recognized.
CSU-Pueblo was listed alongside Augustana (S.D.), Nebraska-Omaha, Newberry (S.C.), St. Cloud State (MN), and the only other RMAC school to be recognized, Nebraska-Kearney.
CSU-Pueblo is restarting its wrestling program in 2008-09 under coach and former national champion, Dax Charles. The program is being reinstated after an eight-year hiatus, the program being cut in 2001 when the university was known as the University of Southern Colorado. In the program's nearly 20 years of existence, it produced 11 national champions and 64 all-Americans.
Despite the recognition, Charles said that the inclusion in Intermat's rankings are irrelevant, especially considering that the new incarnation of the ThunderWolf wrestling program hasn't wrestled a single match.
"[The rankings] don't mean anything yet," Charles said. "Our guys still have to prove themselves, and that's done on the mat, not in any rankings."
Intermat Wrestling, one of the premier wrestling web sites dealing with intercollegiate wrestling, regularly ranks and covers collegiate and amateur wrestling at all levels, including NCAA Division II. More information can be found at www.intermatwrestle.com.