Pack wrestling adds seven for 2016-17

Pack wrestling adds seven for 2016-17

PUEBLO, Colo. (May 27, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Head Wrestling Coach Dax Charles announced seven additions Friday to join the ThunderWolves for the 2016-17 season. The class included six who signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent and one Division I transfer. 

All signees are contingent upon admission to CSU-Pueblo and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

125- Josiah Seaton (So., 5-7, Bonner Springs, Kan., Bonner Springs HS, Colby Community College) 

Colby Community College: Wrestled at 125 and posted a 21-10 record for the Trojans … Finished third at the Wyoming Cowboy Open. 

Bonner Springs HS: 2014 4A Kansas State Champion at 113 … Was undefeated as a senior, winning more than 35 matches … Finished as the runner-up at the state championship at 106 as a junior … Finished fourth at 106 at state as a sophomore … Competed at the FILA Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia following graduation. 

Personal: Son of Jerry and Cheryle Seaton … Proposed accounting major at CSU-Pueblo … Brother, Caleb, was also Kansas State Champion.

125 - Levi Maes (R-So., 5-6, Englewood, Colo., Sheridan HS, Northwest Technical College)

Northwest Technical College (2015-16): 2016 national qualifier at 125 for the NJCAA Championships … Went 2-2 at nationals … Finished second at the West Central District Championships to punch his ticket to nationals … Posted a fourth place finish at 133 at the Nebraska Kearney Holiday Inn Open … Lost his first match of the open before winning seven straight matches and finishing the tournament 7-2.

Grand Canyon University (2013-14): Signed a NLI with Grand Canyon and wrestled unattached in his first year.

Sheridan HS: 3A Colorado State Champion at 106 in 2012 (8-3 decision) … Runner-up at state in 2011 and 2013 … 2013 Rocky Mountain Nationals Champion … 125-12 career prep record.

Personal: Son of Gary Maes … Proposed business administration major at CSU-Pueblo.

125 – Tanner Kuketz (Fr., 5-6, Granbury, Texas, James Martin HS)

James Martin HS: Texas 6A State Finalist in 2014 … Won the 2015 Texas USA Wrestling State Freestyle Championship at Junior-Men 120A division … Wrestled at 126 and 132 as a senior … Finished sixth at the regional championships at 132.

Personal: Son of George and Brenda Kuketz … Proposed education major at CSU-Pueblo.

133-  Gavin Melendez (Fr., 5-9, Los Banos, Calif., Gilroy HS)

Gilroy HS: Conference and section champion at 138 as a senior and finished fourth at the California Interscholastic Federation Championships ... Helped Gilroy reach 15 consecutive Central Coast Section Championships and a fourth-place finish at the state tournament in 2016 … Finished sixth at the NSCHA Nationals at Virginia Beach in 2016 … A three-time finalist in the Monterey Bay League Championship Meet … A three-time scholar athlete, he won the Sportsmanship Award at 138 at the state championships as a senior. 

Personal: Son of Ryan and Dana Connolly … Proposed criminal justice major at CSU-Pueblo.

133 – Andy Pham (Fr., 5-6, Kenmore, Wash., Inglemoor HS)

Inglemoor HS: A two-time all-state wrestler for the Vikings … Named teamp most valuable player and was a two-time team captain … A US Open Nationals Folkstyle and State Freestyle Champion … Earned silver in US Open Nationals Greco-Roman  and bronze at the same event in freestyle … Named to the Washington State National Freestyle and Greco Dual Teams.

Personal: Son of Tung Pham and Khuong Do … Proposed engineering major at CSU-Pueblo.

141 – P.T. Garcia (R-So., 5-7, Denver, Colo., Bear Creek HS, Wyoming)

Wyoming: Went 8-9 with five pins in 2015-16 … Posted an impressive 15-2 overall record and ranked second on the Cowboys with seven pins in 2014-15 as unattached ... Earned first place finishes at the Cowboys Open and the UNK Holiday Inn Open.

Bear Creek HS: A three-time Colorado 5A State Champion (Sr. and Jr. – 132, So. – 120) … Three-time All-American … Colorado Wrestler of the Year … All-Colorado three times … State runner-up at 112 as a freshman … Finished as the Fargo Nationals runner-up in freestyle at 126 pounds as a junior and was the NHSCA National Champion at 120 in freestyle as a freshman … Also lettered in football and cross country during his prep career.

Personal: Son of Paul Garcia … Undecided on a major at CSU-Pueblo.

184 – JaVaughn Perkins (R-Fr., Omaha, Neb., Omaha North HS)

Omaha North HS: Won four straight Nebraska State Championships (Sr. – 182, Jr. – 160, So. – 152, Fr. – 135) … Won by major decision as a senior to lift Omaha North to the Class A Championship … Also excelled on the football field to help guide the Vikings to a state championship his senior year … Was a Second Team Super State defensive back and also rushed 20 times for 115 yard and a score … Honored as a Lincoln Journal Star 2014 Prep Athlete of the Year. 

Personal: Brother, DaVaughn wrestles at North Iowa Area Community College … Undecided on a major at CSU-Pueblo.

197 – Jeff Oakes (Fr., 5-11, Crescent Valley, Nev., Battle Mountain HS)

Battle Mountain HS: Earned Nevada All-State honors three times in his prep career … Earned All-American honors once and won the Tournament of Champions Championship … A four-time all-conference athlete … Career record of 186-31 with 144 falls.

Personal: Son of Eric and Grayce Oakes … Intends to major in diesel mechanics and business management at CSU-Pueblo.

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 JaCobi Jones (So., Omaha, Neb.). Mitchell was the NCAA Super Region Four Champion, while Jones won at 157 at the RMAC Championships.

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