Mitchell crowned NCAA Super Region Four Champion; Three headed to nationals

Mitchell crowned NCAA Super Region Four Champion; Three headed to nationals


GUNNISON, Colo. (February 27, 2016) – The match took nearly 10 minutes, but junior heavyweight Jacob Mitchell (Portland, Ore.) was victorious 7-3 in the first tie breaker of his NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championship bout to be crowned region champion.

Following the regional tournament, three members of the Pack will head to the NCAA Division II National Championships, set for March 11-12 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as sophomore JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) finished second at 157 and junior Tarrence Williams (Portland, Ore.) was third at 174.

Mitchell avenged his only loss of the season (14-1) in the title match, as he defeated Joseph Fagiano of California Baptist University, who had beat him at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships (Jan. 31). Mitchell, ranked No. 8 nationally, and Fagiano, ranked No. 4 nationally, battled to a 1-1 tie through three periods and neither wrestler scored in the sudden victory period. Mitchell started on top in the next period and was able to turn Fagiano for a four-point nearfall, which proved to be the difference in the 7-3 victory.

Mitchell returns to the Division II Championships after missing last season due to his transfer to CSU-Pueblo. He was the 2014 national runner-up. He will earn one of the top four seeds in the 16-wrestler bracket at nationals.

In the consolation semifinals, Williams, ranked No. 8 nationally, won by a 6-3 decision to reach the third-place match at 174. He dominated the bout and defeated Mason Thompson of University of Central Oklahoma by a 12-3 major decision to punch his ticket to his first NCAA Division II National Championships.

He will bring a 12-2 record to Sioux Falls. 

Jones earned a spot at the national tournament by reaching the region championship at 157 Friday. He battled Brady Bersano of CBU, but lost 5-2 to finish second, which was his first setback in the last 10 matches.

Jones (22-8) ranked No. 3 nationally entering the weekend and will be making his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships, as he won his way in at 165 last season.

A truly hard luck situation kept the ThunderWolves from potentially sending four wrestlers, as senior Tim Urenda (Pueblo, Colo.) had to forfeit his consolation semifinal match at 149 due to an injury he suffered Friday in the championship semifinals. Urenda had won eight of his last 10 bouts up to the semifinal loss yesterday and was set to face an opponent he had beaten early this month. He finished his senior campaign with a 17-7 record and in his career, posted a 74-36 (.673) record, which is top 10 in Pack program history for career wins. 

The ThunderWolves finished seventh of 14 teams with 61.0 points. University of Nebraska Kearney was first with 145.5 points, CBU was second with 112.5 points and host Western State Colorado University was third with 87.0 points.


As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.