PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Jan. 21, 2011) - Needing a few big wins to record an upset, the ThunderWolves couldn't come through, winning three matches as CSU-Pueblo fell 29-12 to ninth-ranked Western State.
The dual was undoubtedly defined by close matches breaking for Western State on multiple occassions. Of the five matches decided by four points or less, four were won by Western State wrestlers. When you factor in the loss by pin in the 141-pound match, where Saul Guerrero (Jr., Fort Lupton, Colo.) lost by a fall while trailing just 2-0, Western State emerged victorious in five close matches.
Despite losing the dual, the match wasn't without its bright spots for CSU-Pueblo.
Brothers Justin Grant (Sr., Winnemucca, Nev.) and Trevor Grant (RFr., Winnemucca, Nev.) both earned wins in the same dual for the first time in front of a home crowd, grabbing 6-2 and 3-2 decisions, respectively.
But the match of the night as far as the ThunderWolves were concerned was the 184-pound match, which saw Adam Carey (So., Phoenix, Ariz.) get a first-period pin at the 1:44 mark over John Finkbiner.
CSU-Pueblo will stay at home, next hitting the mat Wednesday when Grand Canyon comes to Pueblo for an RMAC dual.