PUEBLO, Colo. (January 22, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team lost a home Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual Thursday against No. 19 Colorado Mesa University at Massari Arena, by the score of 34-9.
The Pack (6-5, 1-1 RMAC) owned a 9-4 lead through three matches versus the nationally-ranked Mavericks (11-0, 5-0 RMAC), but fell in the remaining seven to suffer the loss.
In the second match of the dual, sophomore 174 Steven Ullman (Arvada, Colo.) put the ThunderWolves on the board with a narrow 8-7 decision. Trailing 6-0 in the second period, Ullman recorded three late points and entered the third period trailing 6-3. An early takedown by the sophomore moved the match score within one, but Bruno Nicoletti of the Mavericks escaped and was leading 7-5 with under a minute remaining. Ullman recorded a late-period takedown and in the process, Nicoletti received his second stalling warning and Ullman was awarded the point. The penalty point proved to be the difference in the match victory, as Ullman improved to 5-3 in duals this season.
At 184, senior Riley Argyle (Jerome, Idaho) returned to the mat after missing five matches last week due to injury. He was taken down within the first 15 seconds of his match against the Mavericks and spent more than two and a half minutes on the mat. He waited for his opportunity to break free and reversed his opponent before using the momentum to pin the Maverick wrester at 2:55 for his fifth pin of the season (five of his six wins are by fall).
Unfortunately, the Pack went on to lose the next seven matches to suffer the loss to the top-ranked team, the ThunderWolves' second straight ranked opponent.
The ThunderWolves look to rebound against Chadron State College (6-6, 0-1 RMAC) Friday in an RMAC dual set for 7 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.