PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Jan. 30, 2014) - Despite winning more matches Thursday, CSU-Pueblo was on the short end of a 21-20 dual loss to NAIA power Oklahoma City University.
The difference between winning and losing actually occurred off the mat - 2013 All-American Ray Hall (Sr., Oak Park, Mo.), didn't make weight at 165 pounds, forcing the Pack to forfeit the match. The result was a six-point swing in Oklahoma City's favor that tilted the match.
But Hall's inability to make weight wasn't the only thing that contributed to the Pack's loss. CSU-Pueblo entered the dual down two 125-pounders - both Alex Baca and Sam Hughes are still missing with injuries. Additionally, 197-pounder Riley Argyle missed Thursday's match after a shoulder injury suffered last week.
In Argyle's place was Levi Jutila (Sr., North Pole, Alaska), who wrestled up a weight after going 2-2 so far this season at 184 pounds. Jutila held his own, falling 4-1 to Teagan Franco.
"[Hall] not making weight wasn't the only factor, but being without [Argyle] contributed as well," CSU-Pueblo head coach Dax Charles said.
The dual loss overshadowed a night that saw CSU-Pueblo win four of seven contested matches, many of them in impressive fashion.
In the opener, Tim Urenda (So., Pueblo, Colo.) won the 133-pound match over Alvie Killingsworth in a 15-0 technical fall, setting the stage for three Pack wins to start the dual. Nationally-ranked 174-pounder Trevor Grant (Sr., Winnemucca, Nev.) kept his unblemished dual record intact, improving to 8-0 in duals this season after claiming a 5-2 win over Derek Siversten, the 5th-ranked 174-pounder in NAIA.
CSU-Pueblo will look to rebound from the loss Friday night as they conclude their home schedule against nationally-ranked Division II power, Central Oklahoma.