KEARNEY, Neb. (November 22, 2014) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team competed at the University of Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open Nov. 22.
The ThunderWolves wrestled in both the elite and amateur divisions. The non-team scoring event totaled more than 30 teams and 450 wrestlers.
Freshman JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) guided the Pack with a second-place finish at 165 in the amateur division. Jones pinned his first two opponents at 4:07 and 6:12, respectfully. He used slim 3-2 and 6-5 decisions to advance to the first-place match. The final match was another close battle, as Jones and Dustin Williams of University of Nebraska went to a tie-breaker where Jones lost (TB-1 4-2).
Sophomore Phil Young (Casper, Wyo.) placed fourth at 157 in the amateur division, going 6-2. Young earned a bye in round one and advanced with a major decision, 12-2 before falling in round three by an 8-4 decision. Young wrestled his way to the third-place match by winning five straight. During the stretch, the sophomore posted two pins (2:02 and 0:36), while earning three decisions (9-6, 4-0 and 4-3). Young suffered an 11-6 decision loss in his final match to finish fourth.
Freshman Beau Henson (Canyon, Texas) also finished fourth in the amateur division, wrestling unattached at 197. He won his first three matches, posting an 8-2 decision and two straight falls at 4:52. Henson suffered a 5-4 decision loss to get bumped to the consolation side of the bracket. The freshman won by fall at 25 seconds to reach the third-place match where he lost by an 8-5 decision.
The ThunderWolves had one wrestler finish in the top five in the elite division, as sophomore Steven Kelly (Parker, Colo.) placed fifth at 157. He needed sudden victory to earn wins in his first two matches, winning in sudden victory one, 8-6 then following that up with a sudden victory one victory, 3-1. Kelly fell in the semifinal by a 7-2 decision, then lost in the consolation semifinal by major decision, 10-2. Kelly earned a fifth-place finish when his opponent forfeited due to medical reasons.
Finally, Rick Weirich (R-Jr., Tecumseh, Mich.) recorded a fifth-place finish at 133 in the amateur division. After receiving a bye, he won by a 9-5 decision and by fall at 1:48 to reach the semifinal. He suffered a 7-2 decision loss in the match, then lost by injury default. Weirich rebounded with a win in the fifth-place match, pinning Anthony Calderon of Fort Hays State University, 51 seconds into the match.
The ThunderWolves will have the holiday break off before returning to the mat Dec. 7 at the Bob Smith Open in Fort Hays, Kansas.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.