ThunderWolves just a few mistakes away from win.
EDMOND, Okla. (GoThunderWolves.com - Dec. 2, 2010) - CSU-Pueblo came close, but couldn't claim its first ever dual win over one of the top Division II wrestling programs in the country, Central Oklahoma, losing 23-13 to the 11th-ranked Bronchos.
The Pack lost six out of 10 matches Thursday, with two being decided by only a point and breaking in Central Oklahoma's favor.
The first one-point affair, the 184-pound match between Adam Carey (RSo., Phoenix, Ariz.) and the eighth-ranked 184-pounder in the nation in Tanner Keck, was a 3-2 win in the Bronchos' favor, a first-period takedown deciding the match.
The last one-point loss was a rough one, with the Pack's nationally-ranked heavyweight, Patrick Carey (Sr., Tempe, Ariz.) going down 2-1 to Cody Dauphin, with an accumulated riding time total of 1:02 deciding the match for Dauphin.
But perhaps the most backbreaking moment of the night was in the 157-pound match, as true freshman Matt Addington (Fr., Florence, Colo.) was dominating Austin Standage, wrestling in his first match of the season, winning 8-4 in the second period. But Standage caught Addinton on his back, securing the night's only pin at the 4:37 mark.
The night did have its strong points for the ThunderWolves - Justin Grant (Sr., Winnemucca, Nev.), the nation's eighth-ranked 165-pounder, scored his second straight shutout decision, defeating Derrick Adkins 6-0. Wednesday night, Grant had an 8-0 major decision win in a dual against Oklahoma City University.
The ThunderWolves' loss marks their eighth loss in as many tries against Central Oklahoma in the school's history.
CSU-Pueblo will now get back into tournament mode as they travel to the Fort Hays Open, which begins Saturday in Hays, Kan.