PUEBLO, Colo. (January 15, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team began the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual season on the right track Thursday when it defeated rival Adams State University 22-14 at Massari Arena.
The ThunderWolves improved to 4-2 on the season in duals and picked up an important conference win. This season, the RMAC conference champion will be decided on duals instead of at the NCAA Regional event.
Junior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.), ranked eighth nationally, guided the Pack with a major decision, 14-2, in the ninth match of the evening. The win pushed the home team's 15-14 lead to 19-14 heading to the decisive 10th match.
Senior 149 Dillon Karajanis (Cheyenne, Wyo.) put the finishing touches on the team victory, leading 9-3 after two periods and winning 9-6.
Adams State and CSU-Pueblo traded decisions for the first six matches and were knotted 9-9 at that point. Freshman JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) posted the first Pack win at 165 8-3 against last season's NCAA West Region/RMAC champion, while sophomore Steven Ullman (184, Arvada, Colo.) needed his riding time point to pick up a 7-6 victory and senior Niko Bogojevic (Superior, Wis.) waited until the third period to earn a takedown and defeat Adams State's heavyweight 4-1.
Trailing 14-9 after the 125 match, ASU forfeited the 133, then victories by Urenda and Karajanis sealed the first dual victory against Adams State since a 24-20 home dual win Feb. 10, 2011.
Next the ThunderWolves will wrestle four duals in one day at the Midwest Duals Saturday, hosted by University of Nebraska at Kearney. The day begins at 8 a.m. with Southwest Minnesota State University and continues with Newman University (10 a.m.), Minot State University (12:30 p.m.) and concludes with host and national No. 3 University of Nebraska-Kearney (2:30 p.m.).
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.