PUEBLO, Colo. (January 7, 2016) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team fell to No. 17 Western State Colorado University, 26-15, in the first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual of the season for both squads.
In his first match as a member of the ThunderWolves, junior heavyweight Jacob Mitchell (Portland, Ore.) pinned his opponent in 45 seconds. Mitchell entered the match ranked No. 4 nationally at 285.
Newcomer Tarrence Williams (R-Jr., Portland, Ore.) started the dual off for the Pack and downed No. 7 Austin Harris by a 13-7 decision at 174. In the next bout, Steven Ullman (R-So., Arvada, Colo.) suffered an injury and couldn't continue, which gave the Mountaineers six crucial points. Mitchell's pin then moved the ThunderWolves to within two and 11-9 through four bouts.
The CSU-Pueblo deficit was 23-9 entering the 149 match where senior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) posted a 6-3 decision. After a scoreless first period, Urenda recorded a four-point nearfall, which proved to be enough to win the bout.
Sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.), ranked No. 4 nationally at 157 won his match 11-8 in a back-and-forth contest. After earning the first points of the match he suddenly trailed 5-2 after a takedown and two-point nearfall. He posted another takedown in the first period, but a reversal put Ian Steen of WSCU put him ahead 7-5 after one. The score remained the same entering the third period where Jones posted six points, using an early escape and takedown to regain the lead and a late takedown to secure the victory.
Saturday, the ThunderWolves travel to the home of Mountaineer wrestling and the location of the 2016 NCAA Division II Region Four Wrestling Championships for the 26th Annual Tracy Borah Duals. The Pack will wrestle the Air Force Academy at 10 a.m. and Simon Fraser University at 11:30 a.m.
Both the duals can be viewed live at TrackWrestling.com by CLICKING HERE.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.