GREELEY, Colo. - The ThunderWolves had by far their most successful tournament since restarting the program in 2008 at Sunday's Old Chicago/University of Northern Colorado Open, placing eight, including a gripping 125-pound title victory by freshman Treven Delaune (Fr., Marrero, La.).
Delaune accomplished something truly remarkable - knocking off University of Northern Colorado's senior 125-pounder, Tony Mustari, the tournament's top-ranked wrestler at his weight and a three-time Division I national tournament qualifier at UNC - in a stunning 10-4 decision in the 125-pound quarterfinals.
Delaune built off that win and won his next two matches against RMAC foes - he downed Mesa State's Chasen Tolbert 13-8, and emerged as the tournament champion with a major forfeit win over New Mexico Highlands' Seth Wright.
Delaune's win marks the first tournament victory by a ThunderWolf wrestler since the program was restarted in 2008.
Grant was dominant en route to the championship match, earning a technical fall, a major decision and a decision, outscoring his three opponents by a combined score of 34-6 before running into a Division I product in Wyoming's Patrick Martinez, falling to a 5-2 decision in the championship match.
Chavarria earned a berth in the 197-pound championship with a sudden-victory win over the weight class' second-seeded wrestler, Colby Community College's Nick Kriss, eeking out a 7-6 decision. Chavarria encountered a longtime foil in the title match in Western State's Donovan McMahill, who beat Chavarria in a slim 6-5 decision.
The ThunderWolves were also represented on the podium by Louie DeSantis (Sr., Escondido, Calif.) (4th) at 157, Trevor Grant (Fr., Winnemucca, Nev.) (4th) at 165, Kellen Desmond (Sr., Escondido, Calif.) (5th) at 184, Nick Stahler (Fr., Palmer, Alaska) (6th) at 141 and Moises Alcala (Fr., Denver, Colo.) (6th) at heavyweight. Alcala's sixth-place finish marked his second consecutive tournament in which he placed. Last week, he placed third at the Wyoming Cowboy Open.
The ThunderWolves will take the next weekend off and won't return to the mat until their home opener Dec. 2 vs. Oklahoma City College at Massari Arena.