RENO, Nev. (December 22, 2015) – The No. 18 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team competed for the final time in 2015 when they hit the mat in the Reno Tournament of Champions. Overall, the Pack placed 24th in the 41-team event that also included unattached competition from NCAA Division I schools.
Tim Urenda (R-Sr., Pueblo, Colo.)scored the big points for the Pack early. Urenda pinned Oregon State University's Jay Tovey at 2:21 mark of the first period, just 10 seconds after the first takedown. The 149-pounder registered a pair of takedowns, but could not overcome an opponent from Indiana University in the round of 16.
In his first bout at 157, JaCobi Jones (So., Omaha, Neb.) blitzed Tanner Spray of Simon Fraser University in a 21-7 major decision. Jones took Spray down nine times in their match. However, in the round of 16, Jones could not get past Isaiah Martinez of the University of Illinois who would go on to win the 157 championship.
Nathaniel McKimson (R-Fr., Wasilla, Alaska)recorded a pair of pins in the 157 weight class. He advanced to the consolation bracket's round of eight before a loss by pinfall ended his day. McKimson finished the day 2-2.
Steven Ullman (R-So., Arvada, Colo. )earned an 8-5 decision victory in his opening bout against Illinois' Danny Hicks. Ullman's victory advanced him into the round of 16, which was as far any Pack athlete got in the meet.
After losing his first match of the day, Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.) picked up a victory in his first match of the consolation round. DeSantis pinned a foe from Utah Valley University at the seven minute mark of his first consolation contest.
As a team the Pack finished with 15 points at the tournament. CSU-Pueblo wrestlers finished with eight wins at the event.
The Pack will host their first home dual of the season, Thursday, Jan. 7, when Western State College comes to Pueblo to challenge the ThunderWolves. The opening match begins at 7 p.m.
CSU-Pueblo's dual against Western State will also see the return of Youth Wrestling Night. All youth wrestling clubs, middle school and high school programs are invited to attend the meet for free. Teams can submit a guest list to Josh Koschke by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or have their wrestlers wear gear representing their school or club for FREE admission!
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.