PUEBLO, Colo. (January 15, 2016) – The No. 20 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling squad will battle four teams Saturday at the 4th Annual Midwest Duals, hosted by University of Nebraska-Kearney.
The ThunderWolves will begin the day with the host and fifth-ranked Lopers at 8 a.m. MST. Next the Pack will face Northern State University (S.D.) at 9:30 a.m. MST, followed by Fort Hays State University at 11 a.m. MST and finally Minot State University (N.D.) at 12:30 p.m. MST. The duals, which feature 16 NCAA Division II teams, will be conducted at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Kearney, Nebraska. For ticket information, click HERE.
The ThunderWolves are tied for No. 20 in the latest national poll, released Thursday. The Pack, ranked No. 6 in Super Region Four, moved back into the national top 20, despite an 0-3 start to the dual season. CSU-Pueblo hosted Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-foe Western State Colorado University Jan. 7 and fell by the score of 26-15. Injuries suffered in the dual with the Mountaineers resulted in a depleted roster at the annual Tracy Borah Duals in Gunnison, Colorado Jan. 9. The Pack lost 41-6 to Air Force Academy and 31-24 to Simon Fraser University.
CSU-Pueblo has three wrestlers ranked nationally, as sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) is No. 4 in NCAA Division II and No. 1 regionally at 157. He owns a 14-7 (five falls) overall record with a 2-1 (one fall) mark in dual competition.
Junior heavywight Jacob Mitchell (Portland, Ore) is 2-0 to start his career at CSU-Pueblo. He ranks No. 4 nationally and No. 1 regionally. After transferring last spring from California Baptist, Mitchell recorded first-period pins in both his dual matches last week.
At 174, junior Tarrence Williams (Portland, Ore.) is No. 6 nationally and No. 1 regionally. He is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in duals, but suffered an injury in the victory against WSCU and is unlikely to compete Saturday.
Senior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) is No. 6 regionally at 149 with a 5-3 overall (two pins) record. He won his lone dual match, 6-3, against Western State. Junior Kyle Bateman (Sandy, Ore.) is also ranked No. 6 in Super Region Four. He is 12-9 overall (four falls) and 0-3 in dual competition.
UNK is No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in Super Region Four. The Lopers are 7-2 in duals this season and have three wrestlers ranked nationally and eight ranked regionally. Both Daniel DeShazer at 133 and Romero Cotton at 197 are ranked No. 1 nationally.
Northern State is No. 9 in Super Region Three with a 4-4 dual record. The Wolves have three wrestlers ranked in the region. Joe Gomez at 197 is seventh in Division II.
Fort Hays State is No. 11 in Super Region Four with a 1-2 dual mark. The Tiger have four wrestlers ranked regionally and Jon Inman at 184 sits sixth nationally.
Minot State sits at No. 12 in Super Region Three. The Beavers own a 3-4 dual mark this season and have two athletes ranked in the region.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.