SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (March 12, 2016) – With three All-Americans already secured heading to the final day of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, the Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team finished 12th and had a fifth, seventh and eighth place finisher.
The championships were held at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The team ranking of 12th is the best since the program re-start in 2008. The three All-Americans was also a program-best since 2008.
All three ThunderWolves that earned All-America honors were JaCobi Jones (So., Omaha, Neb.) at 157, Tarrence Williams (Jr., Portland, Ore.) at 174 and Jacob Mitchell (Jr., Portland, Ore.) at heavyweight.
Mitchell wrapped his first season with the Pack with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He won his first match by posting his 11th pin of the season, this time in 46 seconds to move to the consolation semifinal. He met Austin Goergen of St. Cloud State University and was pinned for the first time this season at 5:25. Mitchell was scheduled to meet Donnell Walker of Maryville, who beat him in the quarterfinals Friday, but an injury forced Walker from wrestling and Mitchell was awarded fifth place on a medical forfeit.
He went 4-2 in the tournament and finished his season with a 18-3 record and 12 pins.
Williams won his first bout of the day 8-6 in sudden victory to advance to the consolation semifinals. He lost that match 12-4 to Calvin Ochs of University of Nebraska-Kearney, who beat him in the region semifinals, to move to the fifth-place match. He met Austin Harris in the final match and after owning a lead from the first five seconds of the first period all the way to the final 15 seconds, was pinned by the Western State Colorado University-foe at 5:47 to finish sixth.
After losing his first match, Williams won three straight and finished 3-3 in the tournament. He was 15- in his first season with the ThunderWolves. The All-American honor was the first at the NCAA Division II level for the junior.
Jones lost his first bout of the day by a 3-1 decision to No. 4 Jonatan Rivera to move to the seventh-place bout. He lost to Greg Hegary of Maryville by a close 5-4 decision.
Jones went 2-3 in the tournament to finish eighth, while he lost his three bouts by a combined four points.
Jones finished the season with a 24-11 record.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.