Pack heavyweight places eighth to become first All-American since 2001.
KEARNEY, Neb. (GoThunderWolves.com - Mar. 12, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo heavyweight Patrick Carey (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.) became the first ThunderWolf since 2001 to earn All-American status Saturday, earning two wins and securing an eighth place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships this weekend.
Carey suffered a tough loss to open the tournament, falling in a 4-2 decision to Central Missouri's Brandon Hayes, who later lost two straight to get eliminated from the bracket. Hayes entered nationals as the eighth-ranked heavyweight in the nation.
But Carey was able to come back and get two big wins, first against West Liberty's J.D. Ramsey, the sixth-ranked heayweight in the nation, then the big win over Upper Iowa's Zach Rosol, who came in as the fourth-ranked heavyweight in the nation.
Carey's tournament ended Saturday when he lost 9-2 to Ashland's Jacob Southwick, who entered the tournament with a 33-2 record.
Carey's All-American honor is the first since the program re-started in 2008 and its first overall since 2001. In 2001, CSU-Pueblo boasted five All-Americans. Carey becomes the 65th All-American in the history of the ThunderWolves wrestling program.