Pack edges out Mines in tiebreaker to earn first conference win

Pack edges out Mines in tiebreaker to earn first conference win

GOLDEN, Colo. ( - Jan. 25, 2013) Wrestling in the RMAC means being tested night in and night out against some of the nation's toughest competition. After wrestling a ranked team in Colorado Mesa earlier in the week, the ThunderWolves had their hands full again Friday night, earning a narrow 19-18 win against Colorado Mines. The match ended in a 18-18 tie, but the Pack earned a tiebreaker point for winning six out of the ten matches on the night.

Starting at 174-pounds, Ray Hall (Jr., Garfield, Ark.) got the Pack off to a fast start as he won a tightly contested match over Robert Davis, 3-2. Joe Giron (Jr., Arvada, Colo.) would fall in the 184-pound match, but would be anchored by three straight decision victories to put the Pack up 12-3 at the midway point. 

Things would get tight in the sixth match of the night that saw the Orediggers pick up a huge six points on a pin from 133-pounder Robert Schultheis. The pin would close the gap to 12-9 going into a a pivotal matchup between two freshmen, Adam Ortivez (Fr., La Veta, Colo.) and Isaac Elge. 

Ortivez would hold court for the Pack as he finished with a 5-4 decision over Elge.

The match looked to fall in favor of the ThunderWolves as Jimmy Chase (So., Hanover Park, Ill.) dominated for most of his 149-pound bout, winning a 6-1 decision over Austin Cordova. 

As the momentum began to swing in favor of the Pack, the Orediggers forced a pivotal final match, winning at 157-pounds to force a do-or-die in the finale. Colorado Mines would just need to score a pin in the final match to force a tie.

Justin Frazier would do just that, securing a pin at 5:36 in the match to earn the draw. The ThunderWolves would officially be awarded the win on tiebreaker as they won in six of the ten matches they wrestled in on the night.

The Pack will remain in Golden as they prepare for the Colorado Mines Open set for Saturday.