Pack wrestling grabs first dual win of season at Midwest Duals Saturday

Pack wrestling grabs first dual win of season at Midwest Duals Saturday


KEARNEY, Neb. (January 17, 2016) – The No. 20 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team eared its first dual victory of the season at the Midwest Duals Saturday in Kearney, Nebraska.

The ThunderWolves (1-5) totaled a 1-3 record at the fourth annual event hosted by University of Nebraska-Kearney. The victory came in the final bout of the day when the Pack defeated Minot State University, 36-9.

CSU-Pueblo suffered losses to No. 5 UNK (30-12), Northern State University (15-14) and Fort Hays State University (37-15).

Junior heavyweight Jacob Mitchell (Portland, Ore.) posted a perfect 3-0 record with three pins. He entered the weekend ranked No. 4 nationally and is now 5-0 (five falls) this season. Mitchell posted two first-period pins at 1:51 and :50, while going his longest of the season against Minot State's heavyweight, as he won in the second period at 4:19. His first victory came against Luke Peterson of the Lopers, who ranked No. 6 in the region (Mitchell is No. 1) and his last victory was against MSU's Mitchell Eull, who sits No. 6 in Super Region Three.

Ranked No. 4 nationally at 157, sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) earned a 2-0 record to improve to 16-7 (4-1 duals). He posted a big win against the host, as Jones, No. 1 in Super Region Four downed Chase White, ranked No. 2 in the region, by the count of 4-2. Jones also won against Minot State by the slim 6-5 margin.

Junior AJ Salazar (Leadville, Colo.) went 2-1 at 125. After a loss in the first match, he recorded a major decision victory, 16-2, against Northern State and then used the second tie break to defeat his Fort Hays State opponent, 3-2. He improved to 7-9 on the seaon.

At 149, senior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) went 2-1 to improve to 7-4 (3-1 duals). The No. 6 wrestler in the region was one of just three members of the Pack to score against Nebraska-Kearney, as he earned a 10-4 decision. He also posted a win against MSU, 3-1. 

Newly-added sophomore Joshua Castellano (Wood Dale, Ill.) recorded a 2-1 mark at 174. He recorded two falls in the victories, as both came in the first period. He took down his FHSU opponent in 27 seconds and won by fall in 1:35 against Minot State. He also wrestled at 184, but fell by an 18-14 decision to go 2-2 on the day.

The Pack won four matches by pin fall against the Minot State Beavers. In addition to Castellano and Mitchell, freshman Ruben Lucero (133, Greeley, Colo.) and junior Kyle Bateman (165, Sandy, Ore.) earned wins by pins.

Next the ThunderWolves will host Chadron State College for a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

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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.