GREELEY, Colo. (Nov. 24, 2008) - Competing in their first in-state open tournament since 2001, the CSU-Pueblo wrestling team was one of the more consistent squads at the Old Chicago University of Northern Colorado Open Sunday, placing seven wrestlers overall, the second most out of the five Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams at the open.
The ThunderWolves boasted three wrestlers placing as high as fourth, which included 125-pounder Lyle Evans (Jr., Grantsville, Utah), who earned a pin and a major decision victory en route to a berth in the 125-pound semifinals in his first action of the season.
Also earning a fourth-place finish was 157-pounder Louie DeSantis (Jr., Escondido, Calif.), who took a completely different route, losing his first match of the tourney but rebounding with five straight wins to earn a berth in the consolation championship, where he finally saw his win streak come to an end.
Another big moment for the Pack came in the fifth place match at 184 pounds with two Pack wrestlers, Cameron Duckworth (Fr., Portland, Ore.) and teammate Kellen Desmond (Jr., Escondido, Calif.), facing off against one another. Desmond forfeited the match to Duckworth, placing 6th and 5th, respectively.
Another key performance was turned in by Martin Dick (Fr, Azle, Tex.), who wrestled well for the second consecutive weekend, earning his team-best ninth win of the season after advancing all the way to the 165-pound semifinals before eventually placing fifth.
Also placing for the Pack was Markus Portillos (So., Pueblo, Colo.) who finished fourth at 141 while wrestling unattached, and Tony Chavarria (Fr., Pueblo West, Colo.), who followed up a second place showing last week at the University of Wyoming Cowboy Open with a sixth place performance at UNC.
Overall, of the 23 CSU-Pueblo wrestlers entered in the tournament, 15 earned wins in the first match while just four managed to not win a match.
The only RMAC foe to put up a better performance on the medal stand was Western State, which placed 10 and won three individual matches.
The Pack wrestlers will rest up for the Thanksgiving weekend before heading to Hays, Kan. for the Fort Hays State/Bob Smith Open on Dec. 6.