Colorado Mines 23, CSU-Pueblo 21
Despite being spotted a six-point forfeit, CSU-Pueblo lost crucial matches and was pinned twice, falling 23-21 to Colorado School of Mines in the team's final dual before the RMAC Championships.
The ThunderWolves begin Thursday's dual in a major advantage, leading 12-0 following a forfeit at 125 pounds and a pin by Markus Portillos (So., Pueblo, Colo.) at 133 pounds.
But the dual began to crumble down for the ThunderWolves at that point. Aside from winning the 149-pound match, as Louie DeSantis (Sr., Escondido, Calif.) scored a 7-4 decision, the Pack lost the next five matches. Two of those losses came by pins, with another two coming in major decision losses.
The Pack had opportunity win in the night's final two matches, but couldn't make up ground. With arguably the Pack's top two wrestlers hitting the mat in 197-pounder Tony Chavarria (So., Pueblo West, Colo.) and heavyweight Patrick Carey (Jr., Tempe, Ariz.) for the night's final two matches, the Pack trailed by eight 23-15, needing either a pin and decision or a pair of major decisions to take the match.
Though Chavarria and Carey earned wins, they found very defensive wrestlers that kept the Pack from scoring any points. Chavarria needed extra frames to best Brennen Knerr, winning a 2-1 sudden victory, while Carey earned a slim but dominant 3-1 decision over Bryan Stansbury.
With the loss, CSU-Pueblo falls to 7-9 on the dual season and 3-6 in RMAC duals. But the dual season is all for naught, as the Pack sets it sights on RMAC Championships, which begin Feb. 27 at Adams State College in Alamosa.