PUEBLO, Colo. (December 15, 2017) - The T-No. 7 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team will wrap the 2017 calander year Dec. 17 at the Reno Tournament of Champions. The all-day event in Reno, Nevada begins at 9 a.m. MST.
Wrestlers from more than 25 schools from all NCAA, NAIA and junior college levels make up the field this year. The lineup inlcudes some of the nation's best at the Division I level, including No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Missouri, No. 6 NC State and No. 11 Arizona State. Also joining the ThunderWolves from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is Adams State University and Colorado Mesa University.
The ThunderWolves wrestled in three tournaments this fall, with the last being the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open Nov. 20. Sophomore Gavin Melendez (Los Banos, Calif.) won the amateur division title at 149 to lead the ThunderWolves. Melendez became the first member of the Pack to win a title at the UNK Holiday Open in the 10 years since the restart of the program, as he went 5-0. Sophomore Tanner Kuktez (Granbury, Texas) was fourth at 125 in the amateur division, as he posted a 3-2 record.
Many wrestlers in the lineup will be getting their first taste of action this season before the team breaks for the holiday and returns for the National Duals in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jan. 4-5.
Projected Lineup for the Reno Tournament of Champions
125 - Josiah Seaton (Jr., Bonner Springs, Kan.) and Tanner Kuktez (So., Granbury, Texas)
133 - PT Garcia (Jr., Denver, Colo.)
141 - Clay Archer (Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Jared Mestas (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.)
149 - Gavin Melendez (So., Los Banos, Calif.)
157 - Kyle Fantin (Jr., Crave Creek, Ariz.)
165 - JaCobi Jones (Sr., Omaha, Neb.)
174 - Preston Lauterbach (Jr., Bellevue, Neb.)
184 - JaVaughn Perkins (So., Omaha, Neb.)
197 - Donavon Rincon (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.)
HWT - Cody Johnson (Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla.)
After the holiday break, the Pack will wrestle right after the new year at the National Duals in Fort Wayne, Indiana Jan. 5-6.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.