GOLDEN, Colo. - ThunderWolf wrestlers earned a tournament-high four individual championships Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Open, held at Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
Louie DeSantis (Sr., Escondido, Calif.) won the 149-pound title, Justin Grant (Sr., Winnemucca, Nev.) won at 165 pounds, Tony Chavarria (So., Pueblo West, Colo.) won at 197 pounds and Patrick Carey (Jr., Tempe, Ariz.) took the heavyweight title.
DeSantis had perhaps the most impressive run, running his season mark at 149-pounds to a perfect 7-0, besting Colorado Mines' Austin Cordova by a 7-4 decision in the championship match.
Grant defeated Air Force's Clay Gable by a 4-0 decision in the 165-pound championship match, defeating another ThunderWolf, Chris McWhorter (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.), who roared back to claim the 165-pound consolation championship.
Chavarria was dominant in his championship run, only allowing a grand total of seven points to be scored by his opponents over four matches. He won the championship in dramatic fashion, besting Colorado Mines' Brenden Knerr in a 3-2 sudden victory.
Carey was similarly dominant, earning a pin, a technical fall, and two slim decisions en route to his championship. He earned the win with a 3-2 victory over Colorado Mines' heavyweight, Bryan Stansbury.
In addition to the championship wins, the ThunderWolves placed six others for a total of 10 placers at the tournament. The closest T-Wolf to another title was Kellen Desmond (Sr., Escondido, Calif.), who fell short in the 174-pound title match.
CSU-Pueblo will take 11 days off before returning to RMAC dual competition, hosting Nebraska-Kearney at Massari Arena on Feb. 10.