Fifth-ranked Kearney just too much for ThunderWolves

Fifth-ranked Kearney just too much for ThunderWolves

Victories by team's win-leaders are night's bright spots.

PUEBLO, Colo. ( - Jan. 26, 2012) - CSU-Pueblo battled Thursday night against the fifth-ranked team in the nation in Nebraska-Kearney, but a "murderer's row" in the middle of the Lopers' lineup was too much for the Pack.

CSU-Pueblo faced four Kearney wrestlers ranked in the top eight nationally, all coming back-to-back-to-back-to-back from 149 to 174 pounds, undoing a quick start to the dual for the Pack.

After Tim Urenda (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) claimed a 4-2 decision at 125 pounds over Jordan White to kick off the night, and the Pack's win leader and highest-ranked wrestler, fifth-ranked 133-pounder Jesse Hillhouse (Jr., Casper, Wyo.) scored a 10-2 major decision over Stephen Weimer, the Lopers rattled off four straight wins, three straight by the second-ranked wrestlers in the nation at their respective weights, Raufeon Stots (149), T.J. Hepburn (157) and Joey Wilson (165).

The 174-pound match was the match of the night for the Pack, as Trevor Grant (So., Winnemucca, Nev.) ground out a workmanlike upset win over the eighth-ranked 174-pounder in the nation, Mark Fiala, for a 5-2 decision. 

The Lopers matched the Pack, however, in the 184-pound match as Kearney's Ross Brunkhardt bested the ThunderWolves' 7th-ranked Adam Carey (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) in a 3-1 sudden victory.

The ThunderWolves will, however, get a week to recover from the loss before heading out for its next RMAC duals, this time on the Western Slope next Thursday and Friday nights at Colorado Mesa and Western State.