COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 27, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team was tabbed to finish third in the 2015-16 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Wrestling Preseason Coaches' Poll, released Tuesday by the conference office. Both sophomore JaCobi Jones (157, Omaha, Neb.) and redshirt-junior Jacob Mitchell (HWT, Portland, Ore.) were named Preseason All-RMAC.
The ThunderWolves garnered 48 points in the poll and one first-place vote. California Baptist University was picked to finished first with 55 points and five first-place nods. Colorado Mesa University was second with 54 points and two first-place votes.
The preseason poll was voted on by the nine head wrestling coaches in the RMAC, with eight points awarded for a first-place vote, seven for a second-place nod, continuing in descending order. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.
JaCobi Jones Bio
Jones finished sixth at the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships and earned All-America honors to become the first freshman All-American the program has crowned since its return 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.
Jacob Mitchell Bio
Mitchell came to CSU-Pueblo in the spring from California Baptist University… The heavyweight went 17-1 at Cal-Baptist in 2013-14 with his one loss coming in the NCAA Division II national championship match… Was the 2013 NJCAA Champion at heavyweight at Clackamas CC… Started his career at Northern Michigan University.
The 2016 RMAC Wrestling Championships will be Sunday, January 31 at the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, hosted by the RMAC. The RMAC is partnering with USA Wrestling, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and the U.S. Olympic Complex for these championships.
This will be the first RMAC-only Wrestling Championship since 1996 and the first ever collegiate wrestling tournament held at the U.S. Olympic Complex.
The CSU-Pueblo wrestling team sent three student-athletes to the NCAA Tournament last year and finished tied for 26th, which was tied for third among RMAC teams. The Pack hosted the 2015 NCAA West Super Regional and finished sixth of 14 teams, third out of their RMAC counterparts. The ThunderWolves posted an 8-9 overall record in dual matches, which included a 3-4 conference mark.
The Pack will get a jump on the new season Thursday, Oct. 29 with the Red and Blue Scrimmage at Massari Arena beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.