No. 20 ThunderWolves downed by Chadron State by slim 16-15 margin

No. 20 ThunderWolves downed by Chadron State by slim 16-15 margin


PUEBLO, Colo. (January 20, 2016) – The No. 20 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team battled with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-foe Chadron State College Wednesday, but fell 16-15 at Massari Arena.

The highlight of the dual was senior Pueblo, Colorado-native Tim Urenda defeating No. 2 ranked Terrance McKinney by an 11-9 decision at 149. After trailing 6-0 in the first, Urenda battled back and recorded a seven-point third period to edge the Eagle (10-1, 2-0 RMAC) for the victory.

The Urenda win gave the Pack (1-7, 0-2 RMAC) an 8-7 lead after five bouts, as senior heavyweight Jacob Mitchell (Portland, Ore.) improved to 6-0 on the season with a decision victory in the opening bout. At 125, AJ Salazar (Leadville, Colo.) won his first conference match as a member of the ThunderWolves with a 4-3 decision.

The lead was one instead of two because of a point deduction following the sophomore Kyle Fantin (Crave Creek, Ariz.) match, as he didn't shake hands following the match, likely because of a biting incident with his CSC opponent.

Out of the break, Nathaniel McKimson (R-Fr., Wasilla, Alaska) won at 157 by a 6-1 decision to give the Pack an 11-7 lead.

Trailing 13-11, the ThunderWolves got a major decision win (14-5) when junior Tarrence Williams (Portland, Ore.) wrestled up a weight class and won at 184.

The ThunderWolves lost the last bout and the dual, as only two matches were decided by more than a decision.

Next for CSU-Pueblo is a Jan. 29 home dual with Adams State University beginning 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