COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 23, 2016) – The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced its annual awards for the 2015-16 wrestling season Tuesday, and in the process honored three Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestlers.
All-RMAC First Team was made up of all 10 wrestlers who won their weight classes at the RMAC Championships, Jan. 31. All-RMAC Second Team consists of the 10 wrestlers who finished second.
Sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) won at 157 and earned All-RMAC First Team honors after he was named RMAC Freshman of the Year and first team all-conference a season ago.
in their first seasons with the ThunderWolves, juniors Tarrence Williams (Portland, Ore.) and Jacob Mitchell (Portland, Ore.) finished second at the RMAC Championships and earned All-RMAC Second Team recognition at 174 and 285, respectively.
Jones, who is currently ranked third 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 then-No. 1 ranked wrestler in Super Region Four, battled Buhr, the then-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.
Jones is 20-7 (5 falls) entering the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championships, Feb. 26-27 in Gunnison, Colorado. He finished third at last year's regional and earned a trip to the NCAA Championships where he was crowned an All-American.
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 championship. In the third, a take down by his opponent, Austin Harris of Western State, and a two-point nearfall put Williams down to the then-No. 2 ranked regional wrestler, 7-4. He escaped to earn a point, but couldn't find another takedown in a 7-5 loss.
Ranked eighth nationally, Williams will take a 7-1 (1 fall) overall record into his first NCAA Division II regional championship.
Mitchell, then-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 reach the final he won by decision, 7-2. Facing his former university, California Baptist University, Mitchell fell in the final to then-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.
Mitchell was runner-up at the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championships and will carry a 11-1 (9 falls) overall record into the Super Region Four Championships this weekend. He ranks No. 8 nationally.
Cal-Baptist's Fagiano was tabbed RMAC Wrestler of the Year, while Colorado Mesa's Buhr claimed RMAC Freshman of the Year honors. CBU's Lennie Zalesky was named RMAC Coach of the Year.
The major awards were voted on by the league's head wrestling coaches, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own athletes.
Ten Pack wrestlers will travel to the regional championships in Gunnison, Friday and Saturday.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.