PUEBLO, Colo. (May 18, 2016) – JaCobi Jones (So., Omaha, Neb.) won the USA Wrestling UWW Junior Greco-Roman National Championship at 79 KG (174 pounds) April 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jones won the championship match by technical fall, unfortunatley, the 79 KG weight class was one of just two weights that weren't qualifiers for the World Championships.
"I expect big things from JaCobi in the future," said Matt Lindland, USA Wrestling National Greco-Roman Coach. "When he graduates and matriculates into our program full time, he will hopefully be representing the United States and compete for world championships and olympic medals. Winning this championship puts him as one of the top greco-roman junior athletes (20 and under) in the country."
Earned back-to-back All-American honors after finishing eighth at 157 at the 2016 NCAA Championships ... All-American in 2015 after finishing sixth as a freshman at 165 … Jones entered the 2016 tournament ranked No. 5 nationally ... Runner-up at the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championship, as he lost (5-2 decision) to No. 3 Brady Bersano of Cal-Baptist … The regional semifinal loss was his first setback in the previous 10 matches, which included a 3-0 effort at the RMAC Championships to be crowed champion at 157 … All-RMAC First Team … Finished with a 24-11 record with six pins and four major decisions … Went 5-1 in dual competition … Finished second at the Colorado Mesa Open (Nov. 14) and third at the UNK Holiday Inn Loper Open (Nov. 21).
THUNDERWOLVES IN 2015-16
The ThunderWolves finished 12th at the NCAA Division II National Championships and raised the hand of three All-Americans.
The team ranking of 12th was the best since the program re-start in 2008 (previous best was fifth in 2001). The three All-Americans was also a program-best since 2008 (six in 2001).
The All-Americans included Jacob Mitchell (Jr., Portland, Ore.), who was fifth at heavyweight, Tarrence Williams (Jr., Portland, Ore.) at 174 (seventh) and Jones. Mitchell was the NCAA Super Region Four Champion, while Jones won at 157 at the RMAC Championships.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.