PUEBLO, Colo. (January 29, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team fell 23-12 in a home Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual Thursday against No. 5 Western State Colorado University at Massari Arena.
The Pack (7-7, 2-3 RMAC) owned a 12-6 lead through six matches versus the highly-ranked Mountaineers (8-1, 4-0 RMAC), but fell in the remaining four, which included three nationally-ranked Mountaineers at 174 (No. 2), 184 (No. 5) and 197 (No. 6).
The ThunderWolves earned four decision victories, starting with sophomore 133 Eric Hughes (Bolivar, Mo.). He improved to 3-0 in RMAC duals with a 10-8 victory, which was guided by four takedowns in the first two periods.
Sophomore Kyle Fratin (Crave Creek, Ariz.), wrestling at 141, earned his first dual win of the season by a slim 5-4 margin. A third-period escape proved to be the difference, breaking the 4-4 tie.
Sophomore 157 Steven Kelly (Parker, Colo.) gave the ThunderWovles a 9-6 lead at intermission with a 6-1 decision that moved his overall record above .500 at 13-12. An early first period takedown and two-point near fall handed him a 4-0 lead, which held the rest of the match.
Freshman JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) won at 165 by a 5-2 decision. After a scoreless first period, the lone point in the second came on an escape by Western State. Jones then went to work in the third period and earned five points off two takedowns and an escape to improve to 6-2 in duals and 3-0 in RMAC duals.
The ranked Mountaineers posted two major victories and a pin to give the visitors a 20-12 lead heading to the heavyweight bout. The final match result was a win for WSCU by riding time in the third tie-breaker.
The ThunderWolves have the weekend off before closing the home and RMAC portion of the regular season with New Mexico Highlands University (6-3, 1-2 RMAC) Tuesday, Feb. 3. The RMAC dual is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Massari Arena.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.