PUEBLO, Colo. (February 25, 2016) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team heads to Gunnison, Colorado Feb. 26-27 for the 2016 NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championships in hopes of advancing to the NCAA Division II Championship.
The championships are hosted by Western State Colorado University. The 14 teams that comprise Super Region Four will enter a wrestler at each weight class and the top four wrestlers of each class will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, March 11-12.
The ThunderWolves (2-11, 1-5 RMAC) were sixth at last year's regional, which they hosted. The Pack sent three student-athletes to the national championships, which included sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) returning to Pueblo with All-American honors at 165.
The first session begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the first and second rounds of the championship and consolation brackets and concludes Saturday with the fourth session beginning at 1 p.m., which features the championship, third place and fifth place matches.
For those unable to attend, live stats and live video of each match will be available on trackwrestling.com and by clicking HERE.
For the entire schedule and ticket information, please visit the tournament central website HERE.
Super Region Four Lineup (regional rankings as of Feb. 10, national Feb. 11)
125 – AJ Salazar (R-Jr., Leadville, Colo.) – Recorded a 9-12 overall record with a 1-2 mark in RMAC duals … Posted a 4-2 record at the Bob Smith Open Dec. 6 … Recorded a sixth-place finish at the RMAC Championships, as he was forced to forfeit the fifth-place match due to injury … Posted two tech falls and two major decisions.
133 – Sam Hughes (R-So., Bolivar, Mo.) – Posted a 7-16 overall record with two falls … Went 2-2 in RMAC dual competition.
141 – Kyle Fantin (R-So., Crave Creek, Ariz.) – Recorded a 12-22 overall record with one fall … Posted a 2-2 record at the RMAC Championships and finished fifth with a 7-2 decision in the fifth-place match.
149 – Tim Urenda (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) – Ranks No. 6 in the region … Went 15-6 overall with three falls … Recorded an 8-1 record (one fall) in dual competition, which included a perfect 5-0 mark in RMAC duals … Finished fourth at the RMAC Championships with a 3-2 record with both losses coming to Cal-Baptist's Bradford Gerl … Recorded a third-place finish at the Colorado Mesa Open Nov. 14 … RMAC Wrestler of the Week Jan. 26.
157 – JaCobi Jones (So., Omaha, Neb.) – Ranks No. 3 nationally and No. 1 regionally … Carried a 20-7 overall record during the regular season, which included a 5-1 dual record … Crowned RMAC Champion with a perfect 3-0 record at the championships … Honored as All-RMAC First Team … Posted five pins and four major decisions … Led the team with 50 takedowns … Finished second at the Colorado Mesa Open (Nov. 14) and third at the UNK Holiday In Loper Open (Nov. 21) … Finished third at the 2014 Super Regional at 165 and was sixth at the NCAA Division II National Championships for All-American status.
165 – Kyle Bateman (Jr., Sandy, Ore.) – Went 16-18 with five falls during his first regular season with the Pack … Won the Bob Smith Open (Dec. 6) and finished third at the Colorado Mesa Open (Nov. 14) … Went 1-2 at the RMAC Championships.
174 – Tarrence Williams (R-Jr., Portland, Ore.) – Ranks No. 8 nationally and No. 2 regionally … Posted a 8-1 record with one fall … Was 2-0 in RMAC duals … Finished second at the RMAC Championships and earned All-RMAC Second Team Honors … Went 4-0 at the Colorado Mesa Open (Nov. 14) and started the season 8-0 before suffering the championship loss.
184 – Joshua Castellano (So., Wood Dale, Ill.) – Joined the team at semester and recorded a 4-8 record with one fall … Was 1-3 in RMAC dual competition.
197 – Jakob Lund (R-Jr., Chino Valley, Calif.) – Went 0-11 overall and 0-9 in dual competition.
285 – Jacob Mitchell (R-Jr., Portland, Ore.) – Ranks No. 8 nationally and No. 2 in the region … Posted an 11-1 record after becoming eligible at semester (one-year transfer rule) … Was runner-up at the RMAC Championships and earned All-RMAC Second Team recognition … Recorded pin falls in nine of his 11 wins to rank No. 10 in NCAA Division II for falls … Was a perfect 7-0 in duals with six falls and was 3-0 in RMAC dual competition with two falls … Started the season with a 10-0 record before the setback in the championship match at RMAC … Was the NCAA Division II national runner-up in 2014 with Cal-Baptist.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.