NEWBERRY, S.C. (October 30, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team garnered the No. 20 spot in the NCAA Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll, released Wednesday on D2Wrestling.com. The ranking marked the first time since the program re-start in 2008 the ThunderWolves were ranked in a preseason poll.
Sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) was ranked No. 6 nationally at 157 for the ThunderWolves, after earning All-American honors as a freshman at 165.
The regonal rankings were announced Tuesday and placed the Pack No. 4 in Super Region IV. Newcomer AJ Salazar (R-Jr., Leadville, Colo.) was No. 3 at 125, senior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) was No. 4 at 141, Jones ranked No. 1 at 157, Tarrence Williams (R-Jr., Portland, Ore.) sat No. 6 at 174, Steven Ullman (R-So., Arvada, Colo.) ranked No. 6 at 197 and Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.) was No. 6 at heavyweight.
Thursday, the ThunderWolves conducted their Red vs Blue Scrimmage with the Blue Squad winning 33-11. The Red Team owned an 11-5 lead through four matches, but the blue team swept the final eight bouts to take the victory.
Sophomore Kyle Bateman (165, Sandy, Ore.) highlighted the dual for the Blue Team with a pin at 165. Salazar earned a technical fall victory at 125 to start the event. The Red Squad swept the three 133 matches to earn all their points. Glenn Robertson (R-Fr., Auburn, Wash.), Sam Hughes (R-So., Bolicar, Mo.) and Ruben Lucero (Fr., Greeley, Colo.) all won for Red.
The ThunderWolves began the match with a moment of silence for former wrestler Steven Kelly, who tragically died last summer. CSU-Pueblo will recognize Kelly at all five home duals this season.
The Pack were pegged to finsih third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll Tuesday. Jones and redshirt-junior Jacob Mitchell (HWT, Portland, Ore.) were named Preseason All-RMAC.
The ThunderWolves will start the season with a select group heading to Greeley, Colo. for the University of Northern Colorado Open, Nov. 1.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.