OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (GoThunderWolves.com - Feb. 1, 2013) - Using quality wins from Adam Carey (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.) and Jimmy Chase (So., Hanover Park, Ill.), CSU-Pueblo claimed a 19-18 win over the ninth-ranked NAIA team in the nation, Oklahoma City University.
The ThunderWolves were able to claim the win despite spotting the Stars six points at 125 pounds to start the match, handing Oklahoma City a forfeit. The rest of the way, the Pack won five out of nine matches to come back from the early deficit, using key performances in the final four matches to climb ahead.
Trailing 15-7 heading into 174 pounds, Ray Hall (Jr., Garfield, Ark.) faced Teagan Franco, the 13th-ranked 174-pounder in NAIA. Hall dug deep in the match to outlast Franco for a 4-3 decision and cut the Pack deficit to 15-10.
In what ended up being the most important match of the night, Carey took on Mitchell Eichenauer, NAIA's fourth-ranked 184-pounder, and stuck arguably the Stars' top wrestler, pinning him late in the second period at the 4:45 mark to deliver a 16-15 Pack lead.
Another nationally-ranked wrestler loomed at 197 pounds as the Stars' Mike Brown facedChris Frisbie (Fr., Castle Rock, Colo.), and Frisbie couldn't come away with a win, falling in a 4-2 decision.
Heading into the final match of the night, the ThunderWolves trailed 18-16, needing a win from its big heavyweight, Niko Bogojevic (So., Superior, Wisc.). Bogojevic delivered, claiming a 4-2 decision over Stanley Lattimore to seal the 19-18 Pack victory.
CSU-Pueblo will hope to ride its win, its second straight dual victory, into Saturday when it meets Central Oklahoma.