COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 31, 2016) – Sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) earned the title of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champion at 157, Sunday, as he guided the Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team to a tie for fourth place finish at the RMAC Wrestling Championships.
Jones, who is ranked fourth nationally, went 3-0 with two major decisions (10-0 and 10-2) in his trail to the championship bout. In the final against Jason Buhr of Colorado Mesa University, Jones posted a 12-9 decision. Jones, the No. 1 ranked wrestler in Super Region Four, battled Buhr, the fourth ranked athlete, to a 4-2 lead in the first period. Following a busy second period, the bout was tied 8-8. Jones took care of the third period and won 4-1 to take home the title and improve to 19-7 this season.
The ThunderWolves totaled 70 points to tie for fourth with Adams State University. Cal-Baptist University was first with 133.5 points, Western State Colorado University was second with 123.5 points and Colorado Mesa University was third with 105.5 points.
Williams entered the championships ranked sixth nationally (first in the region) and won his first two bouts by pin fall (1:05) and decision (9-3). He led after the first period 2-1 and was ahead 4-3 after the second. In the third, a take down by his opponent, Austin Harris of Western State, and a two-point nearfall put Williams down to the No. 2 ranked regional wrestler, 7-4. He escaped to earn a point, but couldn't find another takedown in a 7-5 loss. He is now 8-1 on the season.
Mitchell, No. 1 in Super Region Four, went 3-1 in the championships as he posted first-period pins in his first two matches (1:50 and 1:23). To reached the final he won by decision, 7-2. Facing his former university, Cal-Baptist, Mitchell fell in the final to No. 2 in the region and No. 6 nationally, Joseph Fagiano, by the score of 5-2. Mitchell's only scores came on escape points, as he suffered his first loss of the season (10-1).
Senior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) finished fourth at 149, as he went 3-2 on the day. After losing his first match he won his next three bouts to reach the third place match. In his final match, Urenda was leading 6-2 in the third, but a stalling call and a late takedown, plus a riding time point, by his Cal-Baptist opponent knotted the bout and forced an overtime period. Fifty-seven seconds into the extra period, Urenda was pinned for the fourth-place finish (12-6).
Kyle Fantin (R-So., Crave Creek, Ariz.) picked up his first dual win Friday and rode the momentum to a 2-2 record at 133. After losing his first match he won by an 11-7 decision. A loss dropped him to the fifth-place match, where he recorded a 7-2 decision victory. He is now 12-19.
The ThunderWolves wrap the home portion of their dual season Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 in nonconference duals that begin at 7 p.m. at Massari Arena.