Jones advances to day two of NCAA Wrestling Championships

Jones advances to day two of NCAA Wrestling Championships


ST. LOUIS (March 13, 2015) – Three Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling student-athletes earned a place at the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, but only freshman JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) will be battling on day two.

Jones lost his first match Friday, but won two straight on the consolation side of the bracket to remain in the hunt for a finish as high as third.

Seniors Niko Bogojevic (HWT, Superior, Wis.) and Eric Hughes (133, Bolivar, Mo.) suffered losses in their first two matches.

Jones was pinned in the first period of his first match of the Championships (just the third time he was pinned this year), but rebounded with a major decision victory, 16-7, in consolation round one. To advance in round two, Jones, with a 7-1 lead, recorded a statement pin at 6:43.

Jones improved to 22-10 after day one and owns five pins this season.

Hughes recorded an early takedown in his first match, but faced an 8-4 deficit after the first period. He went on to suffer a 14-5 loss. In match two he again started with a strong 4-0 lead after a takedown and a two-point near fall. But a reversal and two-point near fall by his opponent and the match was tied 4-4. He trailed 9-4 at the end of the period and lost 19-12.

Hughes finished his senior season with a 16-9 record.

Bogojevic was forced to battle the No. 1 seed, Ziad Haddad, in round one and lost a 6-0 decision. In match number two he wrestled to the second tiebreak before ending his collegiate career with a 4-3 loss.

Bogojevic capped his season with a 27-15 record and was a two-time national qualifier (2013 and 2015).

Jones wraps the NCAA Championships, which are being held at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri and hosted by Maryville University and the St. Louis Sports Commission, Saturday with Session III beginning at 9 a.m. MT.


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