Epic match highlights scrap with Central Oklahoma

Epic match highlights scrap with Central Oklahoma

Carey's match with second-ranked Tanner Keck goes nearly 13 minutes.

PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Jan. 19, 2012) - For a moment, Adam Carey (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) thought he had one of the biggest matches of his life won.

Seeking a second victory in three tries this season over the nation's second-ranked 184-pounder, Tanner Keck, Carey was finally ready to emerge victorious in the first minute of the third overtime, overturning a near takedown by seemingly putting Keck on his back as time expired, a two-point takedown awarded.

But the points were waved off, leaving Carey and the Pack bench reeling, setting the stage for an eventual 7-6 win by Keck on an escape later in the third overtime, defining the dual and leading to Central Oklahoma's 23-9 dual victory.

The match came several bouts after another close loss in the first match of the night at 125 pounds.  Tim Urenda (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) nearly got two points in the sudden victory period after what the CSU-Pueblo bench thought was a takedown.  But he was later stuck, falling to Ryan Brooks 3-1.

The two matches and six-point swing undid an otherwise solid night that saw multiple ThunderWolves gather key wins.

The middle of the lineup was strong, gathering wins in three straight matches from 157 to 174 pounds.  Levi Jutila (Jr., North Pole, Alaska) had perhaps the most inspiring win, getting over recent struggles to dominate Austin Quinton in a 6-1 decision.

Matt Addington (So., Florence, Colo.) bested a 17-7 Chris Watson in a 7-3 decision while Travor Grant (So., Winnemucca, Nev.) stayed on a hot streak at 174 pounds, gathering his seventh straight win in a 9-4 decision over Zach Aylor.

CSU-Pueblo will have time to reflect on the rough night, getting back at it next Thursday night when another nationally-ranked squad, Nebraska-Kearney, comes to Massari Arena.