GOLDEN, Colo. (February 24, 2017) – Three members of the No. 16 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team have already punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships, as the ThunderWolves advanced nine wrestlers and lead the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championships after day one in Golden, Colorado.
The Pack totaled nine pins, a technical fall and four major decisions to guide them to a 26-8 overall record. The collective performance totaled 98 points to lead after two sessions of wrestling. California Baptist University trails by just one point with 97, while University of Nebraska-Kearney is third with 89 points. CBU sent eight wrestlers to day two with three in the finals. UNK has five in the finals with six still wrestling.
Going 3-0 for the ThunderWolves were PT Garcia (R-So., Denver, Colo.) at 133, JaCobi Jones (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) at 165 and JaVaughn Perkins (R-Fr., Omaha, Neb.) at 184. Garcia needed the second tiebreaker of his semifinal match to reach the region finals, while Jones used a 3-1 decision to advance. Perkins pinned his first two opponents before dominating his semifinal bout and winning 9-2.
All eight of the wrestlers who had a first round match won, which set the tone for the Pack. All 10 members advanced past Session I and six of the seven won their consolation quarterfinal bout to reach the consolation semifinals Saturday.
The consolation semifinals begin at 11 a.m., with the final rounds set for a 1 p.m. start.
Day One Rundown by Weight Class
125 - Josiah Seaton (So., Bonner Springs, Kan.) - 22-15 overall ... Went 2-1 ... Recorded a third period fall (5:52) to advance to the consolation semifinals.
133 - #6 PT Garcia (R-So., Denver, Colo.) - 15-4 overall ... Went 3-0 ... Defeated No. 7 Taylor Summers in the semifinal ... Will face No. 4 Bryce Shoemaker of Nebraska-Kearney in the final ... Garcia has not wrestled Shoemaker this season.
141 - Jared Mestas (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) - 11-8 overall ... Went 2-1 ... Won by a 9-4 decision and pined No. 12 Jacob Wasser (6:55) to reach the championship semifinals.
149 - Clay Archer (Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla.) - Finished the season with a 16-16 ... Went 2-2 ... Upset No. 9 Blake Clevenger in the opening round, 6-1.
157 - Kyle Fantin (R-So., Crave Creek, Ariz.) - 24-12 overall ... Went 3-1 ... Recorded a major decision (13-4) and a fall (6:20).
165 - #4 JaCobi Jones (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) - 17-5 overall ... Went 3-0 ... Will battle No. 2 Calvin Ochs of UNK for the regional title ... Jones has won nine straight since a home loss to Ochs by the score of 15-9.
174 - Kyle Bateman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.) - 27-12 overall ... Went 3-1 ... Recorded a technical fall victory and two major decision wins.
184 - #8 JaVaughn Perkins (R-Fr., Omaha, Neb.) - 14-4 overall ... Went 3-0 ... Defeated No. 9 Zach Stodden in the semifinals ... Will face No. 2 Nick Fiegener of Cal-Baptist in the final ... Perkins has not wrestled Fiegener this season.
197 - Cody Johnson (Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla.) - 16-11 overall ... Went 2-1 ... Both wins came on second period pins.
HWT - Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.) - 20-14 overall ... Went 3-1 ... All decision victories.
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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