|Posted December 2, 2009|
ThunderWolves open season with win over Okla. City U.
CSU-Pueblo 20, NAIA No. 9 Oklahoma City University 15
CSU-Pueblo got its first dual win at Massari Arena since the program restarted in 2008, claiming a 20-15 win over Oklahoma City University, the ninth-ranked team in NAIA.
The ThunderWolves' were largely dominant in the dual despite the close score, as the Stars eeked out a few close victories earning three decisions by one point, including two sudden victory wins, and getting some gift points in a very costly loss by CSU-Pueblo.
Treven Delaune (Fr., Marrero, La.), the Pack's freshman 125-pounder who turned heads by winning the University of Northern Colorado open two weeks ago, had his night ended by an ugly shoulder injury that forced him out of the match. The loss, coming as CSU-Pueblo held a 13-3 lead, brought the score to 13-9 on the six-point injury default win by the Stars.
But the Pack got wins when it counted, and none was bigger than the win turned in by Markus Portillos (So., Pueblo, Colo.). Portillos, who wrestled at 141 last season and entered at 133 Wednesday, faced the top-ranked 133-pounder in the NAIA national rankings in OCU's Cameron Ream. Portillos converted five quick first period points and held on, pulling out a 6-3 decision.
CSU-Pueblo will bring its 1-0 record to Prim, Nev. Friday when it opens its RMAC season on neutral ground against New Mexico Highlands. CSU-Pueblo will then start Saturday at the Cliff Keen Invitational, a very competitive tournament in which CSU-Pueblo had placed only one wrestler in its entire history.