GUNNISON, Colo. (January 10, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team recorded a 1-2 record at the Tracy Borah Duals Saturday. The ThunderWolves defeated NCAA Division I Grand Canyon University in the event hosted by Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado.
The ThunderWolves earned a 20-17 victory in the first dual of the day against Grand Canyon. The two teams split victories, but a win by fall by senior Riley Argyle (Jerome, Idaho) and major decision victories by junior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) and senior Niko Bogojevic (Superior, Wis.) helped lift the Pack to the win.
CSU-Pueblo trailed 12-4 through the first five matches, with Urenda's lone points (9-0 major decision) for the Pack. The ThunderWolves won the next three matches to open a 16-12 lead, but was trailing 17-16 headed to the decisive heavyweight match.
Argyle, wrestling at 184, posted the first fall of the Tracy Borah Duals and gave the ThunderWolves a 16-12 lead when he defeated Gabe Gonzalez at 1:42. After GCU recorded a technical fall at 197, the Pack were facing the one-point deficit headed into the heavyweight bout. Bogojevic defeated Evan Lancelot 11-0 for the major and the team victory.
In the second dual of the day, the Pack fell to Air Force Academy 48-0.
In the third and final battle of the event, the ThunderWolves wrestled with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-foe No. 15 California Baptist University. After owning a 12-9 lead through six events, the ThunderWolves would only win one more time in the final four matches to fall 23-15.
A forfeit at 133 gave the Pack six points and decisions by senior Dillon Karajanis (Cheyenne, Wyo.) at 149 (3-0) and Jones at 165 (5-3) handed the ThunderWolves a dual lead. CSU-Pueblo suffered a fall and a technical fall in the next two matches and put them into a 20-12 hole it wouldn't recover from.
Bogojevic won by a 7-2 decision at heavyweight to cap the dual for the ThunderWolves.
Jones was the only Pack wrestler to win twice without suffering a loss. Bogojevic went 2-1.
The ThunderWolves (3-2 dual record) will host their first RMAC dual of the season Jan. 15 against Adams State University. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Massari Arena. CSU-Pueblo will then travel to Kearney, Nebraska for the Midwest Duals where it will compete in four duals.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.