Pack earn second straight top-25 national finish as Hall takes sixth, Grant seventh

Pack earn second straight top-25 national finish as Hall takes sixth, Grant seventh

CLEVELAND ( – Mar. 15, 2014) — Seniors Trevor Grant (Winnemucca, Calif.) and Ray Hall (Oak Park, Mo.) each won another match as the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves wrapped up the 2013-14 season with a top-25 placing at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, Saturday here at the Cleveland Public Auditorium. 

Both had clinched all-America honors after they each went 2-1 on Friday.

Hall went 1-2 on the day finishing the tournament in sixth place in the 157-pound bracket.  He was 3-3 throughout the 2-day affair and finishes the season with a 12-7 overall mark.  Hall, a 2-time all-American, had taken eighth at last year's national tournament at the 174-pound bracket.

Grant, wrestling at 174 pounds this season, went 1-1 on Saturday finishing seventh as he finished his campaign and his brilliant Pack career with 7-0 win over Blaze Shade of North Carolina-Pembroke.  Grant, who went 23-15 throughout the season and 3-2 in the tournament, had dropped a 4-2 decision to Colorado Mesa's Chester Granard in the rubber of their 3-match season series in the consolation quarterfinals on Saturday morning.

He was a 3-time national qualifier and broke through to earn his first all-America certificate in his final tournament.

Meanwhile, Hall won his consolation quarterfinal by a 5-3 margin over sixth-ranked Bobby Williams of Ouchita Baptist (Ark.) on Saturday morning.  Hall then fell to eventual third-place Clint Poster of St. Cloud State (Minn.) in the consolation semifinals before dropping a 7-5 decision to Zak Vargo of Lake Erie (Ohio) in the fifth place match.  Vargo had also claimed a 4-1 win over Hall in the championship quarterfinals on Friday.

Heading into Saturday night's championship finals, the Pack were in 23rd place in the team standings with 17 ½ points and will not finish any lower.

CSU-Pueblo, which finished 12th at last year's national tournament, largely behind a 125-pound national championship from then senior Jesse Hillhouse and Hall's eighth place finish, has now finished amongst the nation's top-25 for two straight seasons.

At the top end of this year's standings, Notre Dame (Ohio) has 81 ½ points heading into the finals and has sealed the team title ahead of 2-time defending national champion Nebraska-Kearney, which has sealed second place with 60 ½ points.  Notre Dame has four championship finalists while the Lopers have two.