ST. LOUIS (March 14, 2015) – Colorado State University-Pueblo freshman JaCobi Jones (165, Omaha, Neb.) finished sixth at the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships and earned All-America honors in his first season as a collegiate wrestler.
Jones is the 69th CSU-Pueblo wrestler to earn All-American honors, but only the sixth since the program returned as an intercollegiate sport in 2008. He is the first at 165 since Jason Tapia finished sixth in 1999.
He went 2-2 Saturday to finsih the tournament 3-3 and the season 23-12.
He used two falls to advance to the consolation semifinal. He defeated Dimitri Willis of Maryville (Mo.) at 6:43 in the first match of the day. He had a comfortable 7-1 lead before the pin, but in his next match against Cody Quinn of Minnesota State University, Mankato, the freshman trailed 7-2 in the third period, but recorded a fall at 5:40 to advance to the consolation semifinals.
Jones lost his semifinal match to the eventual third-place winner, Gabe Fogarty of St. Cloud State University, by a major decision 12-2. In his sixth and final match of the tournament, the fifth-place match, Jones lost 16-9.
St. Cloud State won the team title with 84.5 points. The Pack finished with 12.5 points to tie for 26th. CSU-Pueblo and Adams State University tied for third amongst Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams.
Jones is the first CSU-Pueblo freshman to qualify for the national tournament since the program was brought back in 2008. The RMAC Freshman of the Year and All-RMAC First Team member finished fourth at the West Super Regional and closed the season with a 23-12 record and six pins. He recorded a perfect 5-0 record with one fall in RMAC duals and totaled a team-best 46 takedowns headed to nationals. Jones won his first collegiate event, as he went 4-0 at the DoubleTree Open Nov. 8. He finished second at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Holiday Inn Open Nov. 22.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.