LARAMIE, Wyo. - The ThunderWolf wrestling team opened its season Saturday with a trip to the University of Wyoming Cowboy Open. Heavyweight Moises Alcala (Fr., Denver, Colo.) led the Pack, finishing third in the amateur division.
Alcala wrestled his way into the heavyweight semifinals, scoring two pins before falling to Western State's Kyle Graulus and heading the the consolation bracket. From there, Alcala scored his third pin of the tournament, downing the Air Force Academy's Jared Erickson before claiming the consolation title with a 5-0 decision over another USAFA wrestler, Dake Williams.
Alcala was the Pack's only placer (the Cowboy Open only crowned first, second and third place), though most members of the Pack roster got mat time at the event.
The ThunderWolves sent seven wrestlers to battle in the Elite Division, reserved for the top Division I and Division II wrestlers at the event, and the Pack had marginal success in the Elite bracket. Three of the seven earned wins in the bracket, with Justin Grant (Sr., Winnemucca, Nev.) turning in the best showing at 174s, going 2-2 and losing in the consolation semifinals. If the tournament had honored fifth and sixth place wrestlers, Grant would have been a placer at his weight.
Several newcomers to the program wrestling in the Amateur Division made encouraging showings. Treven Delaune (Fr., Marrero, La.) went 3-2 at 125s, making his way into the semifinals, as did Nick Stahler (Fr., Palmer, Alaska), also going 3-2 and battling to the consolation semifinals at 141 pounds. Fellow Alaska-native ant 149-pounder Levi Jutila (Fr., North Pole, Alaska) also went 3-2.
CSU-Pueblo will continue its tournament play next weekend at the University of Northern Colorado Open in Greeley.