NCAA Wrestling bracket announced; CSU-Pueblo and Hughes ranked nationally

NCAA Wrestling bracket announced; CSU-Pueblo and Hughes ranked nationally



INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2015) – The brackets for the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships was announced Monday, placing seniors Eric Hughes (133, Bolivar, Mo.), Niko Bogojevic (HWT, Superior, Wis.) and freshman JaCobi Jones (165, Omaha, Neb.) in their respective 16-athlete brackets. 

The 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships are set for March 13-14 in St. Louis, Missouri at Chaifetz Arena.

Wednesday, the final national rankings were announced with the Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team receiving votes in the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Poll. The last time the Pack earned recognition in the national poll was in last season's final list before nationals.

Individually, Hughes is ranked No. 7 at 133, as he finished third at the NCAA West Super Regional Feb. 27-28 in Pueblo. He owns a 16-7 overall record with four pins. Hughes is set to face Dakota Bauer of Maryville (Mo.). Bauer finished second in the Central Super Regional and is ranked No. 8 in the nation with a record of 11-10.

Bogojevic enters his second appearance at the NCAA National Championships (qualified in 2013) with a record of 27-13 and six falls. After placing fourth at the West Super Regional he will battle Ziad Haddad of Kutztown in the first round. Haddad won the East Super Regional, owns a perfect 26-0 record and ranks No. 1 nationally.

Jones is the first CSU-Pueblo freshman to qualify for the national tournament since the program was brought back in 2008. He finished fourth at the West Super Regional and enters the national meet with a 20-9 record and four pins. Jones will wrestle Juan Stimpson of UNC Pembroke. Stimpson owns a record of 29-8 overall, is ranked No. 7 nationally and won at 165 at the Midwest Super Regional.

The ThunderWolves finished sixth overall at the regional, third among the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools. The Pack posted an 8-9 dual record this season, which included a 3-4 mark in conference play.

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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.