LARAMIE, Wyo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Nov. 3, 2012) - Pack senior Jesse Hillhouse (Sr., Casper, Wyo.), wrestling unattached for CSU-Pueblo, was named the outstanding wrestler of the Cowboy Open Saturday as CSU-Pueblo opened up its wrestling slate with a bang.
Hillhouse defeated not one but two University of Wyoming wrestlers en route to the 125-pound Elite Division title, his third tournament championship since arriving at CSU-Pueblo.
He began his run by pinning Northwest Kansas' Cody Tow, then moving on to Wyoming's Alex Baca, the Cowboys' backup 125-pounder, and winning in a 2-0 decision.
Hillhouse then claimed a berth in the championship, facing Wyoming's top 125-pounder, Tyler Cox, who entered the tournament ranked 17th in the nation in Division I. Hillhouse impressed, winning 3-1 and impressing enough to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors, the first earned by a CSU-Pueblo wrestler since the program's return in 2008.
Hillhouse wasn't alone in the winners' circle Saturday as 133-pounder Jacob Haney (Fr., Strasburg, Colo.) as he finished two matches away from the championship in the 133-pound Amateur Division title.
Haney, also wrestling unattached, won three matches by sizable margins, including a pin of unattached wrestler Josh Metivier, before falling to eventual champion, Air Force Prep's Chris Caton. But Haney persevered, winning two more matches, including a 52-second pin of Colorado School of Mines' Robert Schultheis, to claim third place honors.
The ThunderWolves will follow up its impressive showing and remain on the tournament circuit for another week, heading to the Northwest (Wyo.) College Open Nov. 10.