BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 10, 2017) - Junior JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) secured his third straight All-American honor, while JaVaughn Perkins (Omaha, Neb.) will earn his first spot on the podium as a redshirt-freshman, as the No. 14 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team competed at the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships Friday.
With 12 points, the Pack are 21st in the team standings after day one.
Ranked No. 6 at 165 entering the championships, Jones won his first bout against the No. 5-ranked wrestler by a 7-5 decision. Unfortunatley, he was relegated to the consolation side of the bracket in his next match by falling in an 11-4 decision to the No. 4 wrestler. He then rebounded with an 11-6 decision against a familar foe in Jason Buhr of Colorado Mesa University.
Jones will wrestle Chad Ochs of University of Nebraska-Kearney in the consolation quarterfinals starting at 9 a.m. MST Saturday. Ochs ranks No. 3 nationally and has gotten the best of Jones twice this season, which includes in the region final.
Ranked No. 3 entering the NCAA National Championships, Perkins also won his first bout at 184, as he secured a third-period pin at 6:32 against the No. 12 wrestler. He would fall in the next match by a tough 2-1 decision to the top-ranked wrestler in the bracket. Perkins rebounded with a 3-0 decision versus the 11th-ranked athlete.
Next, Perkins wrestles No. 8 Zach Stodden of UNK, which he has beaten twice. The last win against Stodden was a 9-2 decision in the region semifinal.
Ranked No. 4 in entering the championships, PT Garcia (R-So., Denver, Colo.) was the aggressor in his opening bout, but made one mistake in the third period that put him on his back and into the consolation bracket, as he was pinned.
Wrestling in his first NCAA national championships, Garcia rebounded with a 17-7 major decision against the No. 6 wrestler nationally. His nationals experience would come to an end in the nnext bout, as he suffered a 3-2 decision loss to the No. 3 wrestler.
Kyle Fantin (R-So., Cave Creek, Ariz.) also suffered a first round loss, as he fell to the No. 5 wrestler by the result of 6-3. He picked up his first nationals victory in the next round by winning 6-3, but was disqualified in his next bout to end his trip.
Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. MST Saturday and will be streamed live on ncaa.com with live results at trackwrestling.com.
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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