GUNNISON, Colo. (February 26, 2016) – Two members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team have advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships and will wrestle for Super Region Four titles Saturday, while two more remain in the hunt for a championship bid after Friday's action.
Sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) went 2-0 on the day and will wrestle for a regional championship at 157. He will be making his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Division II Championships, March 12-13 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ranked No. 3 nationally at 157 entering the tournament, Jones (22-7) recorded a 7-2 decision in his first match and then a pin fall at 4:58 in the semifinal match.
His opponent in the championship bout, set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, is Brady Bersano of California Baptist University. Bersano is unranked nationally, is third regionally and finished third at the RMAC Championships. Jones has not wrestled Bersano this season.
Also advancing to the national championships was heavyweight Jacob Mitchell (Portland, Ore.), the 2014 NCAA Division II runner-up. He also went 2-0 after a first round bye and record two falls to find himself in the title bout. His first match lasted 1:40, while his second only took 20 seconds to have his hand raised.
Mitchell, ranked No. 8 nationally, will battle the man who defeated him for the RMAC Championship Saturday, as Joseph Fagiano of CBU (ranked No. 4 nationally) recorded two falls and a decision to reach the championship. The RMAC bout was decided by a 5-2 decision and stands as Mitchell's only loss of the season (13-1, 11 pins).
The ThunderWolves are seventh of 14 teams after day one with 52.5 points, which is just six points out of fourth-place Colorado Mesa University (58.5 points). University of Nebraska Kearney is first with 129.5 points, CBU is second with 93.5 points and host Western State Colorado University is third with 69.5 points.
Also still wrestling Saturday is junior 174 Tarrence Williams (Portland, Ore.). He won his first two bouts by a 15-6 major decision and 7-5 decision before suffering a 8-6 loss in the semifinal match. Williams is a win away from the third place match and a guaranteed spot in his first NCAA Division II National Championships.
Williams came in ranked No. 8 nationally and will wrestle Reid Watkins of San Francisco State University. Watkins is unranked regionally and wrestled four times to get to the bout, as he lost his first bout of the day.
Senior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) continued to wrestle well (won eight of last 10 matches with wins against two nationally ranked opponents), as he posted a 13-1 major decision and a fall at 4:57 to reach the semifinal bout. The opponent he pinned was Bradford Gerl of CBU, who had defeated him twice at the RMAC Championships. An injury unfortunately stopped his run and he was forced to concede the match.
Ranked No. 6 regionally entering the championships, Urenda (17-7) is scheduled to wrestle Drew Schumann of Colorado Mesa with a trip to nationals and the third-place bout on the line. Urenda defeated Schumann 4-3 in a dual versus CMU Feb. 11.
The final day of the championships begin with the consolation semifinals at 11 a.m., folllowed by the championship, third-place and fifth-place matches at 1 p.m.
125 – AJ Salazar (R-Jr., Leadville, Colo.) – Went 1-2 with a 10-2 major decision as his lone victoty ... Recorded a 10-14 overall record with a 1-2 mark in RMAC duals this season.
133 – Sam Hughes (R-So., Bolivar, Mo.) – Went 0-2 and posted a 7-18 overall record with two falls … Went 2-2 in RMAC dual competition.
141 – Kyle Fantin (R-So., Crave Creek, Ariz.) – Went 1-2 with a 17-3 major decision victory ... Recorded a 13-24 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.
165 – Kyle Bateman (Jr., Sandy, Ore.) – Went 2-2 at the championships with a 9-2 decision win and 10-8 sudden victory-1 win as his two success ... Went 18-20 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).
184 – Joshua Castellano (So., Wood Dale, Ill.) – Went 0-2 ... Joined the team at semester and recorded a 4-10 record with one fall.
197 – Jakob Lund (R-Jr., Chino Valley, Calif.) – Went 0-2 with a loss by pin to the RMAC Champion and a 1-0 setback ... Went 0-13 overall.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.