FORT WAYNE, Ind. (January 6, 2017) – In a tournament with 16 of the top wrestling programs in D-II, Colorado State University – Pueblo finished fourth after a pair of losses on day two of the National Duals Tournament held at the War Memorial Coliseum.
The ThunderWolves fought hard against Wheeling Jesuit University in their first match of the day, but lost on a tiebreaker 22-21. CSU-Pueblo returned later in the day in an unsuccessful effort against University of Wisconsin-Parkside in the third place match, losing 30-13.
After upsetting two top 10 teams on day one of the National Duals, The Pack entered day two in the final four of the tournament. In their first dual of the day the Pack fell behind Wheeling Jesuit early. The No.22 Cardinals built an 18-0 lead after winning the first four matches.
At 157, Kyle Fantin (R-So., Cave Creek, Ariz.) reversed the Pack's fortunes with an 8-3 decision win. Fantin went 3-0 in the tournament. His win sparked a five match winning streak for the Pack.
Junior, Jacobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) followed with a fall at the 6:24 mark of his match. Jones' second pin of the tournament sent him to 2-1 and trimmed the Cardinals lead to 18-9.
In the next match, Kyle Bateman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.) earned his third win of the week in a 5-2 decision at 174. Bateman would finish 3-1 in the tournament.
One day after taking the top 184 pounder in D-II to the limit, freshman JaVaughn Perkins (Omaha, Neb.) earned his second pinfall of the season. Perkins picked up the fall in 5:54 to tie the dual at 18.
Cody Johnson (Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla.) continued to roll. Johnson earned his third win of the tournament with a 3-1 decision to give Pack a 21-18 lead in the match. He now has three wins in each of his last two tournaments.
In the final match of the dual, Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.)wound up on the short end of a 5-0 decision. This brought the final dual score to a 21-21 tie. After the use of multiple tiebreakers, the Cardinals were awarded the win by virtue of scoring more total points in the individual matches. This tiebreaker loss sent the Pack to the third place dual.
In that third place competition, the Pack faced University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Rangers would go on to claim third place thanks to a 30-13 victory.
PT Garcia (R-So., Denver, Colo.) won his third match of the dual by fall. He went 3-1 for the week. Junior Clay Archer (Broken Arrow, Okla.) dominated his match, earning a 10-2 major decision. DeSantis bounced back with a 2-1 decision win to send the Pack home on a winning note.
The Pack will face another full day of competition when they compete at the UNK duals in Kearney, Neb. Saturday Jan. 14. CSU-Pueblo will begin its four-dual day against Southwest Minnesota State University at 9 a.m.
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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