No. 20 ThunderWolves host Chadron State in conference dual Wednesday

No. 20 ThunderWolves host Chadron State in conference dual Wednesday

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PUEBLO, Colo. (January 19, 2016) – The No. 20 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team welcomes Chadron State College Wednesday for a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual scheduled for 7 p.m. at Massari Arena. 

The ThunderWolves are 1-6 in dual competition this seaon after going 1-3 Saturday at the Midwest Duals in Kearney, Nebraska. The Pack earned their first dual win against Minot State Unviersity by the score of 36-9. CSU-Pueblo lost its lone RMAC dual Jan. 7 when then-No. 17 Western State Colorado University visited Massari Arena and won 26-15.

The ThunderWolves have three wrestlers ranked nationally (as of Jan. 18) and five ranked regionally (as of Jan. 12). 

Junior heavyweight Jacob Mitchell (Portland, Ore.) sits No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in Super Region Four. He posted a perfect 3-0 record with three pins at the Midwest Duals and is 5-0 (five falls) this season.

Ranked No. 4 nationally at 157, sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) earned a 2-0 record Saturday 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 of University of Nebraska-Kearney, who is ranked No. 2 in the region, by the count of 4-2.

Junior Tarrence Williams (Portland, Ore.) is No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in the region. He did not compete at the Midwest Duals. He owns a 5-0 record this season.

At 149, senior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) went 2-1 Saturday 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. 

Junior Kyle Bateman (165, Sandy, Ore.) pinned his Minot State opponent to cap the Midwest Duals. He holds a 13-12 overall record (five falls) with a 1-6 mark in dual competition.

Other wrestlers to watch Wednesday is newly-added sophomore Joshua Castellano (Wood Dale, Ill.), who recorded a 2-1 mark at 174 and 0-1 at 184.

Chadron State ranks No. 7 (CSU-Pueblo is No. 6) in the regional rankings. The Eagles own a 9-1 mark in dual compeition, which includes a 1-0 RMAC victory against Colorado School of Mines (32-12). CSC went 4-0 at the Midwest Duals Saturday and have won five straight duals.

Four wrestlers are ranked regionally, while one member of the Eagles is nationally ranked. 

At 133, Taylor Summers is No. 3 regionally. Terrance McKinney is No. 2 nationally and first in the region at 149. Caleb Copeland is No. 3 at 174 and Shane Rodenburg is No. 5 at 184.

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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