PUEBLO, Colo. (January 17, 2018) - The No. 7 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team totaled three pin falls in a 22-21 dual victory against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Adams State University Wednesday at Massari Arena.
The ThunderWolves (4-5, 1-0 RMAC) recorded three pins and a major decision to gather 22 points, which was good enough to defeat the Grizzlies (0-7, 0-1 RMAC).
Trailing 6-0, senior Clay Archer (Broken Arrow, Okla.) posted an early third period pin at 5:33 to knot the dual at 6-6. He was leading 15-3 before closing out the bout with his opponent on his back.
Next was senior Jared Mestas (Pueblo, Colo.) at 149, as he scored a pin at 6:03. A takedown as time expired in the second period knotted the contest at 4-4 and turned the momentum to Mestas. He started the third period on the bottom and after an escape to take the lead, he scored two points for a takedown before earning the pin to hand the home team a 12-6 lead.
Ranked No. 9 nationally, senior Kyle Fantin (Cave Creek, Ariz.) helped the ThunderWolves own a 16-6 advantage at the intermission with an 11-2 major decision. He led just 2-0 after the first period, but scored four points in each of the next two periods to move the score to 10-2. He clocked more than four minutes of ride time to finish the bout with the 11-2 victory, which was his fourth straight win.
Sophomore Gavin Melendez (Los Banos, Calif.) wrestled up two weight classes at 165 and lost just 1-0, as ASU closed the gap to 16-9. At 174, junior Preston Lauterbach (Bellevue, Neb.) had a wild match that finished with him recording a pin at 6:50, just 10 seconds shy of the end of the third period. He trailed 2-1 after the first and 5-2 after the second period. Down three points he chose bottom to start the third period and quickly earned an escape. The junior then produced the takedown he needed to tie the bout, but then got a little more when we turned his Grizzly opponent on his back and recorded the last-second pin.
The extra points proved valuable, as the ThunderWolves suffered a tech fall loss at 184 and a major decision loss at 197 to lead 22-18 heading to the final bout. ASU was able to win at heavyweight, but only by decision, as the Pack escaped with the one point dual victory.
Next up CSU-Pueblo travels to Colorado Mesa University Jan. 19 for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Mavericks. The ThunderWolves return home Jan. 24 for a RMAC dual with Western State Colorado University. The match begins at 7 p.m. and serves as Youth Night and Senior Night. All area youth 18 and under are FREE to the dual.
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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.