Pack Wrestling WINS RMAC Championship; Jones a two-time champ

Pack Wrestling WINS RMAC Championship; Jones a two-time champ


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 4, 2017) – The No. 15 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team won the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado Saturday. Junior JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) won his second conference title with a victory at 165.

The RMAC Championship is the program's seventh and first since 2001.

Jones was crowned RMAC Champion at 165 with a 7-3 decision in the finals. He was the winner at 157 last year. He used a major decision (12-4) and a fall (1:24) to reach the finals.

At 157, Kyle Fantin (R-So., Cave Creek, Ariz.) won 9-5 in his first match, then used a 7-2 decision to advance to the championship bout. He lost by a 6-2 decision in the title match to finish second.

Four members of the Pack scored big team points by finished third. At 133, PT Garcia (R-So., Denver, Colo.) was third with an 8-2 decision in the final bout. Jared Mestas (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) was third at 141, as he scored a last-second, third-period escape, then added riding time to post a slim 3-2 win.

Redshirt-freshman JaVaughn Perkins (Omaha, Neb.) needed just 1:15 to get through his first bout at 184, but suffered an injury in his semifinals match and ended up losing. He wrestled his way back to the third place match where he won by a 6-3 decision. Finally, heavyweight Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.) won his third place bout by a 7-3 decision.

Three members of the Pack were fifth: Sophomore Josiah Seaton (Bonner Springs, Kan.) at 125, senior Kyle Bateman (Sandy, Ore.) at 174 and junior Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) at 197.

The ThunderWolves will host Colorado School of Mines, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the final home dual of the season.

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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.