The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling program will open its home schedule Wednesday when it hosts NAIA power, Oklahoma City University, at CSU-Pueblo's Massari Arena. The first match is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
The ThunderWolves, in their second season of competition after the program was disbanded in 2001, hope to have a large crowd on hand as they look to make noise in the toughest wrestling conference in the nation, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
In 2008-09, though the ThunderWolves did not qualify any wrestlers to nationals, the buzz around the program's return was great, as evidenced by unprecedented fan support for the program. The ThunderWolves led NCAA Division II in dual match attendance last season, averaging over 1,300 fans per game. In CSU-Pueblo's opening dual on Jan. 7, 2009, over 2,000 fans, the second-largest crowd in program history, packed Massari Arena to cheer on the ThunderWolves.
The cost for admission to the ThunderWolves' duals are five dollars per person and four dollars for discounted tickets (seniors, K-12 students, CSU-Pueblo staff). A "Family Pack" is also available for $15, which includes admission for up to five people with a three-adult maximum.
CSU-Pueblo's dual against Oklahoma City University will be the first of five home duals for the ThunderWolves. The Pack will host conference foes Chadron State (Jan. 8), Fort Hays State (Jan. 28), Nebraska-Kearney (Feb. 10) and Colorado Mines (Feb. 18).