CSU-Pueblo 27, No. 10 Adams State 25
ALAMOSA, Colo. - If CSU-Pueblo's wrestling team is able to legitimately compete for a national title this year or next, the program will point to tonight's dual with 10th-ranked Adams State as the precise moment the Pack began its uphill ascension.
The ThunderWolves scored an upset win over the Grizzlies in Alamosa, relying on three pins to win 27-25. The loss marked just the third time in the past four seasons that Adams State lost a dual on their home mat. For the Pack, it was its first win over Adams State since 1999 and put the Pack at 3-0 in duals this season, already besting its 2008-09 mark of 2-14.
CSU-Pueblo's win came as the Pack made a noticable mid-year upgrade to its lineup. The Pack added two Division I transfers, brothers Adam Carey (RFr., Phoenix, Ariz.) (184) and Patrick Carey (Jr., Tempe, Ariz.) (heavyweight) and from Northern Colorado, the latter of which scoring a dramatic sudden victory pin of Jeff Schossow in one of the night's first matches. CSU-Pueblo also used another new addition, Ben Collins (Fr., Marrero, La.), who wrestled at 149 and recorded a very important pin of Nick Dionisio at the 1:32 mark in his first ever collegiate dual match.
The Pack's fate was solidified by a great and dominant match by 165-pounder, Justin Grant (Sr., Winnemucca, Nev.). Grant was tossing his opponent, Anthony Gomez, around the mat, and closed the deal by pinning Gomez at the 5:35 mark. The Grizzlies forfeited the 174-pound match, essentially sending the Pack to victory following Grant's win.
Another big match was the 157-pound bout, in which Quinn Donnell (Sr., Jack Canyon, Colo.) suffered an injury and risked giving up the six-point injury default win. But Donnell hung in, losing a 9-1 major decision, and saving two points from Adams State's dual score - the eventual margin of the ThunderWolves' victory.
Adams State, which sent four ranked wrestlers to the mat Wednesday, only won one of the remaining matches on the night in which the Grizzlies put an unranked wrestler on the mat.
CSU-Pueblo's 3-0 dual mark is its best dual match start since 2000-01. The Pack will return home Friday when it hosts Chadron State at Massari Arena. First match is at 7 p.m.