COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (November 1, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team was picked to finish in third according to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, released Monday. Junior JaCobi Jones (165, Omaha, Neb.) and senior heavyweight Jacob Mitchell (Portland, Ore.) were selected as Preseason All-RMAC.
California Baptist University was pegged to win the RMAC, followed by Western State Colorado University and the Pack. Colorado Mesa University and Chadron State College rounded out the top five at fourth and fifth, respectfully.
Jacob Waste of California Baptist was named RMAC Preseason Wrestler of the Year.
The ThunderWolves finished tied for fourth at last season's RMAC Championships, but were the third highest finishers at the NCAA Division II National Championships, as they were 12th. The Pack's national finish and three All-Americans were the best since the re-start of the program in 2008.
Jones earned his second All-America honor last season when he finished eighth at 157 at the NCAA Championships. He went 2-3 in the national tournament, but lost the three bouts by a combined four points. Jones was crowned RMAC Champion, finished second at the NCAA regional and capped his sophomore season with a 24-11 record. He was named All-RMAC First Team and recorded six pins.
Mitchell returns to the mat following a successful junior year where he earned All-American honors by finishing in fifth place at the NCAA Championships. The heavyweight boasted an 18-3 record along with 12 pins in 2015-16 and was crowned NCAA Super Region Four Champion to advance to nationals. He was second at the RMAC Championships to earn All-RMAC Second Team recognition.
The Pack open the 2016-17 season Nov. 10 in a scrimmage match versus Otero Junior College. CSU-Pueblo begins the regular season three days later, Nov. 13 at the University of Northern Colorado Open in Greeley, Colo.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.