FORT HAYS, Kan. (December 7, 2014) – Junior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) won at 141 to guide the Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team at the Bob Smith Open Sunday. The event was hosted by Fort Hays State University.
Three ThunderWolves finished in the top four, as senior Niko Bogojevic (Superior, Wis.) finished third at heavyweight and senior Dillon Karajanis (Cheyenne, Wyo.) finished fourth at 149. The win by Urenda was the first for a CSU-Pueblo wrestler at the FHSU Open since reinstating the program in 2008.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Urenda pinned Fort Hays State's Nathan Toft at 1:15. A 10-4 decision advanced the junior to the semifinals where he edged Noah Killip, also of FHSU, 6-5. Urenda wrestled Dustu Hone of Oklahoma State University (unattached) in the finals and won by another one-point margin at 4-3.
The victory was the second of the season for a CSU-Pueblo wrestler at an open tournament, as freshman JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) won at 165 at the DoubleTree Open, Nov. 8.
After a first-round bye, Bogojevic earned a 3-2 decision and a 10-2 major decision to advance to the semifinals. After suffering a 3-1 loss he moved to the consolation side of the bracket. He posted an 8-0 major decision to advance to the third-place match where he won by default due to injury time against Cody Sivertsen, wrestling unattached for Oklahoma.
Karajanis won by fall at 4:34 and then used a 4-0 decision to advance to the quarterfinals at 149 before losing by fall at 4:26. He won by a 6-0 decision in his first match on the consolation side of the bracket and followed that with 5-4 and 8-3 decisions to move into the third-place match. Unfortunately, he had to forfeit the match and finished fourth.
The ThunderWolves conclude the 2014 calendar year with a rematch dual versus Western Wyoming Community College Dec. 13. The Pack will travel to Rocksprings, Wyoming for the match after hosting the Mustangs Nov. 14 and winning, 21-20.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.