GREELEY, Colo. (November 13, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team started the 2016-17 season Sunday at the University of Northern Colorado Open in Greeley, Colorado. The ThunderWolves had three wrestlers finish in the top four of their respective weight classes.
Newcomer Josiah Seaton (So., Bonner Springs, Kan.) finished second at 125, while seniors Kyle Bateman (174, Sr., Sandy, Ore.) and Kyle Fantin (157, R-So., Cave Creek, Ariz.) were third and fourth, respectfully.
Seaton recorded a 4-1 record, which included starting the day with two major decisions. He advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 decision against Cassidy Oshiro of Air Force and then recorded another one-point victory (10-9) against a member of the Air Force to earn his spot in the finals. Facing his third straight Division I opponent, Seaton fell by major decision 8-0 in the championship bout to Wyoming's Gunnar Woodburn.
Bateman won his first three matches before getting bumped to the consolation side of the bracket. He pinned his first opponent in 2:40, then went on to record 6-3 and 4-3 decisions to find himself in the semifinals. A 7-2 loss moved him to the consolation bracket where he earned an 8-4 decision to advance to the third-place bout where he won 5-1 against Thomas Chisholm of UNC. Bateman finished the day with a 5-1 record.
Fantin lost his first match by a 7-5 decision and had to wrestle his way through the consolation side. The sophomore won four straight matches (all decision victories) to reach the third-place match. He had to re-wrestle his first opponent, Parker Simington of Air Force Prep, and would again fall, this time by a 14-4 major decision. Fantin finished the tournament with a 4-2 record.
Next up for the Pack is the University of Nebraska-Kearney Open in Kearney, Nebraska, Nov. 19
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.