PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Jan. 18, 2012) - The past three seasons, Colorado School of Mines has been a thorn in the Pack's side, prevailing in three straight duals that each time the Pack thought it should have won.
Wednesday, the margin was decisive in favor of the ThunderWolves, winning three of the first four matches as it bested the Orediggers 20-15 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual.
The win puts the Pack at 7-3 in dual matches, giving the Pack its most dual wins in a season since 1999-2000.
The early matches were the deciding factors in the Pack's win. Tim Urenda (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) started off the night at 125 pounds, wresting in his first collegiate match in front of a home crowd and absolutely dominating, scoring a 10-0 major decision win over Elias Arias.
His win was followed up by the Pack's win leader, Jesse Hillhouse (Jr., Casper, Wyo.), who overtook and outmatched Tanner Taylor, wrestling in his first collegiate match, and recording a pin at 4:28, putting the Pack up 10-0. Hillhouse improved to 22-4 with the win.
Another key match came at 149 pounds, as Nick Stahler (Jr., Palmer, Alaska) rolled Austin Cordova late in the third period to claim a dramatic 5-3 decision and put the Pack up 13-3.
Trevor Grant (So., Winnemucca, Nev.) claimed a measure of vengeance in his win at 174 pounds, recording a 12-6 decision over Brandon Sheldon. One year ago, in the Pack's 2011 dual with Mines, Sheldon claimed a 12-3 major decision win over Grant.
Equally impressive was 184-pounder Adam Carey (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.), who was dominant in a 14-4 major decision win over Ryan Swanson, improving to 11-2 and a perfect 8-0 in duals this season in the process.
CSU-Pueblo will get right back to the mats Thursday night as it welcomes sixth-ranked Central Oklahoma to Massari Arena, with the first match slated for 7 p.m.