|Posted December 5, 2009|
Pack holds its own against D-I competition in Vegas
CSU-Pueblo wrestlers managed to win six matches at one of the most competitive tournaments in the nation, the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, in which the top Division I programs and a scattering of D-II programs compete.
Overall, Pack wrestlers went 6-17 at the tournament, including two wins each by Louie DeSantis (Sr., Escondido, Calif.) at 157 and Moises Alcala (Fr., Denver, Colo.) at heavyweight.
DeSantis beat North Idaho's Joey Picrotti 3-2 before downing Western Wyoming's Hayden Peterson 4-3 in his two wins. Alcala earned a big win over Northern Colorado's heavyweight, Justin Tuell, with a pin at 6:05 before getting a decision over Utah Valley's Dylan Stadel.
Tony Chavarria (So., Pueblo West, Colo.) earned his win with an impressive 3-1 pin over University of West Virginia freshman, Kyle Rooney. Rooney took fourth at the Washington and Jefferson College Tournament just two weeks ago.
Quinn Donnell (Sr., Jack Canyon, Colo.) earned his win with a 4-3 decision over Northern Colorado's Tanner Weiks.
The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, one of the most brutally competitive tournaments in the nation, has seen CSU-Pueblo wrestlers place in the top eight only once in the school's history.