Pack announce strong 2014-15 wrestling recruiting class

Pack announce strong 2014-15 wrestling recruiting class

PUEBLO, Colo. ( – May 1, 2014) — A pair of California Community College Athletic Association state placers and six high school state champions from five different states highlight a strong 2014-15 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling recruiting class that head coach Dax Charles and his staff have put together.

"Our 2014-15 recruiting class is all about high character wrestlers that will provide a solid foundation for being successful in the future," Charles said.

The class of 10 includes seven 2014 high school seniors and three transfers, including Hudson Buck and Allen Emmons, who both placed at the CCCAA championships in December helping the Sacramento City College Panthers to a state title.

Buck, who wrestled at 197 pounds, took second place after tying a state record by winning eight tournaments throughout his sophomore season, which in California is entirely in the fall.  Emmons finished eighth at 184 pounds and won four regular season tournaments for the Panthers going into an injury-plagued post-season with a 28-1 record.

Both were also California High School State Qualifiers as seniors in 2011 while wrestling for Vacaville and Ponderosa High Schools, respectively.  Buck also won the Reno Tournament of Champions title as a senior while Emmons was a league and section champion, who won 34 straight matches.

The ThunderWolves will also welcome in another transfer in former Colorado School of Mines standout Steven Kelly, who led the 2011-12 Oredigger squad with 22 wins while earning a No. 8 national ranking.  The Parker native then finished sixth at the 2012 NCAA Super Region Four/RMAC Championships at 157 pounds. 

Kelly, who will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Pack, was a 2-time state champion for the Ponderosa (Colo.) High School Mustangs prior to his 2010 high school graduation.

Meanwhile, the rest of the recruiting class includes high school state champions from Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Texas, a state runner-up from Broomfield in Jarod Albo and a local standout in Pueblo Central product Keenan Wyatt.

Nathaniel McKimson, who hails from Wasilla, Alaska, was a 2-time state champion for the Wasilla Warriors and also placed second as a sophomore and fourth as a freshman earlier in his wrestling career.  Slated to wrestle at 149 pounds for Charles, McKimson is also a 4-time freestyle state champion.

Stetson Loader, expected to wrestle at 125 pounds, earned a 2014 state title for the Walsh (Colo.) Eagles and was a 4-time state-placer.  He hails from Two Buttes, Colorado.

Gage Currier will join the Pack program from Colstrip, Montana and is the nephew of Pack assistant coach and Hall of Famer Chris Currier.  He was a 3-time divisional and state champion for his father Codey's Colstrip Colt squad and place fifth at the senior nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He was also named as the most outstanding wrestler at the 2013 Cowboy Invitational and was the Montana Triple Crown Winner winning AAU Folkstyle, USA Freestyle and Greco State Championships four times a piece.

He is slated to compete at 125 or 133 pounds for the ThunderWolves.

Joining the Pack from the Cornhusker state will be JaCobi Jones, who won the 170-pound Nebraska Class A title for the Omaha North Vikings this year, capping what was a 46-5 season.  He also helped the Vikings win a team title in both wrestling and football.  He is slated to wrestle at 165 pounds for the Pack.

Meanwhile, Beau Henson was a 2-time state champion for the Randall Raiders of Amarillo, Texas, just north of his hometown of Canyon.  He was also a high school All-American and will battle Buck and Emmons for time at 184 or 197 pounds. 

Albo, who is slated to wrestle at 165 pounds, placed second at the 2014 state tournament for the Broomfield Eagles after placing fifth as a junior in 2013.

Wyatt, who finished fourth at the 4A Colorado State Champions for the Pueblo Central Wildcats posted a 42-6 senior record and went 114-27 over his last three seasons with the Justin Morris coached squad.  He is expected to compete at 149 pounds.

The ThunderWolves will have to replace a pair of graduating NCAA Division II All-Americans in Ray Hall (Oak Park, Mo.) and Trevor Grant (Winnemucca, Nev.), who led the team to a fifth place finish at the NCAA West Region/RMAC Championships and a second straight top-25 finish (23rd) at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

2014-15 CSU-Pueblo Wrestling Recruiting Class Biographies

Jarod Albo (Fr., 5-9, 165, Westminster, Colo./Broomfield HS)

Prep: Placed second at the state tournament for the Pat Decamillas coached Broomfield HS Eagles in 2014… Placed fifth as a junior in 2013… 2-time all-conference performer… Also wrestled for the Tony Schunke coached Colorado Elite club squad.

Academics: Plans to major in civil engineering.

Off the Mat: Son of Jennifer Albo-DiLullo and Matthew DiLullo… Sister's name is Reese.. Uncle Ron Albo played football at CSU-Pueblo… Enjoys hanging with family and friends.

Hudson Buck (Jr., 5-11, 197, Vacaville, Calif./Sacramento City College/Vacaville HS)

JC: Took second at the California Community College Athletic Association Championships at 197 pounds helping the Panthers win the team title… Earned all-America honors… Was also a First Team Big 8 Conference selection… Won eight tournaments to set a school record while tying the state record.

Prep: Placed eighth at the California State meet as a senior in 2011 for the Vacaville High School Bulldogs, coached by Clint Birch, Adam Wight and Armando Orozco…  Was the Reno Tournament of Championships winner that year… Was the Sac-Joaquin Masters Champion in 2010 and a finalist in 2009 and 2011… Also played football earning Monticello Empire League Lineman of the Year honors in 2011… Was also an All-MEL defensive tackle in 2009 and an All-MEL linebacker in 2010 and 2011.

Club: Was a 4-time California National Team member who competed for the Vacaville Wrestling Club, coached by Orozco.

Academics: Plans to major in sociology…. Plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Off the Mat: Son of Tom and Cindy Buck… Older brother's name is Peter, who played college football… Enjoys cycling and art.

Gage Currier (Fr., 5-7, 125/133, Colstrip, Mont./Colstrip HS)

Prep: 3-time divisional and state champion for his father Codey Currier and the Colstrip HS Colts… Was named the most outstanding wrestler at the 2013 Cowboy Invitational… Placed fifth at the senior nationals in Virginia Beach, Va. and sixth at the Fargo (N.D.) Greco Cadet tournament…. Was a 4-time AAU Folkstyle State Champion, 4-time USA Freestyle State Champion, a 4-time Greco State Champion and the 2013 Montana Triple Crown Winner.

Academics: Plans to major in engineering… Graduated from Colstrip HS in 2014 with a 3.5 GPA... Earned academic all-state honors for cross country in 2013.

Off the Mat: Son of Stephanie and Codey Currier… Has three younger siblings… Uncle Chris is the Pack's assistant coach… Enjoys playing video games, drawing, writing and reading.

Allen Emmons (Jr., 6-0, 184, Cameron Park, Calif./Sacramento City College/Ponderosa HS)

JC: Finished eighth in the California Community College Athletic Association Championships at 184 pounds helping the Panthers win the team title… Went 31-6 as sophomore in the fall of 2013 after posting a 12-9 record in 2011 as a freshman… Had been 28-1 going into the 2013 post-season before battling through a rib injury… Took first at four regular season tournaments before finishing second in the North Regional.

Prep: Was a high school state qualifier for the Tyson Escobar coached Ponderosa HS Bruins… Graduated in 2011… Won 34 straight matches while winning a league and section championship… Was an all-league performer. 

Academics: Plans to major in engineering.

Off the Mat: Son of Allen and Stephanie Emmons… Younger sisters are Sydney and Chayse… Enjoys hunting, fishing, being outdoors and working out.

Beau Henson (Fr., 6-2, 184/197, Canyon, Texas/Randall HS)

Prep: 2-time state champion for the Davod Quirino coached Randall HS Raiders of Amarillo, Texas… Was a high school all-American… Also wrestled for the Steve Rubio coached Omada Kitrinos club team.

Academics: Plans to major in business management… Graduated from Omaha North HS in 2014 with a 3.2 GPA.

Off the Mat: Son of Darrell and Kathleen Henson… Has one sister, Nicole, who plays soccer at West Texas A&M… Enjoys working on cars, riding horse and riding quads.

JaCobi Jones (Fr., 5-9, 165, Omaha, Neb./Omaha North Magnet HS)

Prep: 170-pound Class A Nebraska State Champion for the Omaha North HS Vikings… Went 46-5 throughout his senior season (2013-14)… Helped coach Anders Christansen's team win a state title… Also a member of the Vikings' state championship football team… Also wrestles for the Bear Wrestling, coached by James Jones, Sr. 

Academics: Plans to major in engineering.

Off the Mat: Son of Shantina Dailey… Sister's name is Shantina Dailey… Brother James Jones, 19, wrestles at Colby (Kan.) Community College… Enjoys fishing, working out and hanging out with friends.

Steven Kelly (R-So., 5-10, 157, Parker, Colo./Colorado Mines/Ponderosa HS)

Before CSU-Pueblo: Wrestled at RMAC rival Colorado Mines from 2010-12…. Led the team in wins earning a No. 8 national ranking as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12… Went 22-12 that year, recording six bonus-point victories… Took sixth at the NCAA Super Region Four/RMAC Championships in Hays, Kan… Earned program's Outstanding Freshman Award and DuPont "Hustle" Award… Redshirted in 2010-11 placing third at the Hastings College Quality Hotel Open and fourth at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Open as a 157-pound unattached wrestler… Went 5-4 with one fall that year.

Prep: 2-time state and 4-time regional champion for the Cory McNellis coached Ponderosa HS Mustangs… Was a 2010 High School All-American at Reno Tournament of Champions… Won the Top of the Rockies title that same year… Was an all-state candidate and the outstanding wrestler at the Arvada West tournament.

Academics: Graduated from Ponderosa HS in 2010 with a 3.9 GPA… Plans to major in civil engineering.

Off the Mat: Son of Dan and Lisa Kelly… Has four older siblings, including his brother Daniel, who wrestled at Adams State… Enjoys playing Madden 25, going on runs, lifting and singing karaoke with family.

Stetson Loader (Fr., 5-10, 125, Two Buttes, Colo./Walsh HS)

Prep: 2014 state champion for the Bill Forgey coached Walsh HS Eagles… Was a 4-time state placer, taking runner-up accolades as a freshman (2011) and junior (2013) while finishing fourth as a sophomore (2012)… All-state performer as a senior… Was a second team all-conference performer as a freshman and junior… Named team's Most Outstanding wrestler as a senior.

Academics: Plans to major in pre-pharmacy… Graduated from Walsh HS in 2014 with a 3.1 GPA.

Off the Mat: Son of Wes and Tina Loader… Has six siblings, including brother Dalton, who played football at Oklahoma Panhandle State, and sister Dakota, who played softball at Colby (Kan.) Community College.

Nathaniel McKimson (Fr., 5-8, 149, Wasilla, Alaska/Wasilla HS)

Prep: 2-time state champion for the Shawn Hayes and Nick Doughty coached Wasilla HS Warriors… Also placed second as a sophomore and fourth as a freshman… Received the Warrior Wrestling Hardest Worker award four times… Also the program's most outstanding wrestler twice… Named Alaska Wrestler of the Week and as Frontiersman Student-Athlete of the Week… Also wrestles for the Arctic Warrior Wrestling Club, coached by Alan Bartelli… Is a 4-time freestyle state champion.. Also has several other freestyle state placings

Academics: Plans to major in AIM (Automotive Industry Management)… Graduated from Wasilla HS in 2014 with a 3.75 GPA… Plans to move back to Alaska to start his own automotive business after obtaining his degree.

Off the Mat: Son of Lance and Kerry McKimson… Is the middle of three children… Siblings names are Brandy and Byran… Enjoys rock climbing, snow-machining, dirt biking, snowboarding, working on cars/motorcycles and anything competitive.

Keenan Wyatt (Fr., 5-6, 149, Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo Central HS)

Prep: Finished fourth at the 2014 4A State Championships for the Pueblo Central HS Wildcats… Finished the year with a 42-6 record... Posted a 114-27 career record in his three seasons with the Wildcats, coached by Justin Morris.

Academics: Plans to major in education… Wants to come a middle school physical education teacher and then an administrator.

Off the Mat: Son of Kelly and Kathy Wyatt… Kelly was a collegiate wrestler at Fort Lewis and CSU-Pueblo, known as the University of Southern Colorado at the time… Is the middle of three children… Brother's name is Douglas… Sister is Katelin.