Carey emerges as Pack's lone qualifier for nationals

Carey emerges as Pack's lone qualifier for nationals

Pack heavyweight qualifies for second straight season.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. ( - Feb. 27, 2011) - For the second straight season, CSU-Pueblo heavyweight Patrick Carey (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.) qualified for nationals after finishing third at the RMAC/Super Region 4 Tournament, held Sunday in San Francisco.

Carey only suffered one loss in the bracket, losing to Nebraska-Kearney's Ben Hohensee in a 5-3 sudden victory decision in the semifinal match.

After getting bounced to the consolation side of the bracket, Carey rattled off a pair of wins, including a sudden victory win over Chadron State's Sam Udell to secure a third place finish and spot in nationals.

In 2010, Carey finished 4th in the heavyweight class.

Additionally, by virtue of finishing third, Carey secures third-team all-RMAC status, becoming the first ThunderWolf to do so since 2001. 

Unfortunately for the entire ThunderWolves' squad, however, success was not wide spread as the Pack's nine other entrants couldn't finish in fourth or higher and thus secure a spot in the national championships. 

As a team, CSU-Pueblo finished 10th out of 11 teams.

Carey will look to become the first CSU-Pueblo All-American since 2001 when he takes part in the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championships at the University of Nebraska-Kearney Mar. 11 and 12.