Hughes records a pin on senior day in dual victory by the ThunderWolves

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 3, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team closed its home and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual seasons Tuesday with a 25-12 win against New Mexico Highlands University at Massari Arena. 

The dual served as Senior Day for four ThunderWolves, including Eric Hughes (Bolivar, Mo.), who recorded a first period fall at 2:12.

CSU-Pueblo finished the conference dual season 3-3 and with two duals remaining, owns an 8-7 record. The ThunderWolves went 3-2 at home and close the regular season at No. 12 University of Central Oklahoma Feb. 6 and at Oklahoma City University Feb. 7. The Pack will host the NCAA Division II West Super Regional Feb. 27-28 at Massari Arena.

The Pack led 12-0 through three matches and 22-3 through seven. Junior Alex Baca (Pueblo, Colo.) earned a 6-3 decision at 125 to set the tone for the dual, then Hughes capped his senior RMAC season a perfect 4-0 with his fourth pin of  2014-15. Junior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) posted a 10-6 decision at 141 and the Pack led 12-0.

Sophomore Steven Kelly (Parker, Colo.) recorded an 8-3 win at 157 and freshman JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) improved to 18-5 overall and 4-0 in RMAC duals with a 12-4 major decision.

Winning at 174 was sophomore Steven Ullman (Arvada, Colo.), as his 11-6 decision helped him finish the conference season 3-3.

Finally, sophomore Anthony Ball (Vista, Calif.) used a late first period takedown to gain momentum and win 4-0 at 197.

Prior to the match, four seniors were recognized, in Hughes, 149 Dillon Karajanis (Cheyenne, Wyo.), 184 Riley Argyle (Jerome, Idaho) and heavyweight Niko Bogojevic (Superior, Wis.).

Also before the match, Urenda was honored with the Grant Family Integrity Award, given to the CSU-Pueblo wrestler that demonstrates integrity at all times, high character traits, leadership skills and owns a GPA above 3.0.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.