CSU-Pueblo 24, Chadron State 21
CSU-Pueblo continued its hot start to the 2009-10 dual season, claiming its third Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win of the season, eeking out a 24-21 win over Chadron State Friday.
The win brings the ThunderWolves to 4-0 overall in duals and 3-0 in RMAC duals, both top marks in the RMAC. Coupled with Wednesday's win over 10th-ranked Adams State, CSU-Pueblo is likely on the verge of the program's first national ranking since the program resumed last season.
The ThunderWolves started off with a bang, establishing an early dominance that ended up being the difference in what turned out to be a very close dual. Nick Stahler (Fr., Palmer, Alaska) earned his third dual win of the season by dominating 6-7 Lance Jeffries, netting an 16-1 tech fall that cross the tech fall threshold when riding time points were added at the conclusion of the match.
Ben Collins (Fr., Marrero, La.), who was a hero in the Pack's win over Adams State when he recorded a pin in his first collegiate dual match, recorded his second pin when he put Steven Overshiner's back to the mat 16 seconds into the second period. CSU-Pueblo jumped out to an 11-0 lead with the win.
Chadron did rally to win five of the final eight matches, but could only record one pin, one forfeit and three decisions. The Pack, meanwhile, added a pin by Patrick Carey (Jr., Tempe, Ariz.) in the heavyweight match, and Justin Grant (Sr., Winnemucca, Nev.) scored a major decision win in the 165-pound match.
CSU-Pueblo will look to build on its hot start next weekend when it travels to the Embry Riddle Duals in Phoenix, where it will have one RMAC match against Grand Canyon University.