RMAC Showdown Wednesday when No. 5 Pack Wrestling hosts No. 15 Western State; Host UCO Sunday

RMAC Showdown Wednesday when No. 5 Pack Wrestling hosts No. 15 Western State; Host UCO Sunday

PUEBLO, Colo. (January 23, 2018) - The No. 5 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team hosts No. 15 Western State Colorado University Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual. The ThunderWolves will celebrate their seniors before the bout, while it also serves as Youth Night, as all youth 18 and under will be admitted for free. Sunday the Pack welcomes No. 10 University of Central Oklahoma in a dual set to begin at 3 p.m.

The ThunderWolves are 5-5 in dual competition and 3-1 against RMAC foes. CSU-Pueblo has won three straight duals, including a 22-21 home win against Adams State University and a 24-18 road victory at Colorado Mesa University. Senior 149 Jared Mestas (Pueblo, Colo.) won both his bouts last week and is 5-1 in dual competition. He pinned Natrelle Demison of ASU, who the next day was listed as the No. 5 wrestler nationally in the updated rankings. Senior JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) ranks No. 2 at 165 and is 9-0 in dual competition this season, which includes a second period pin Friday in the win against the Mavericks. The Pack only won four matches against the Grizzlies, but used three pins to gain the victory. In addition to Mestas, senior Clay Archer (141, Broken Arrow, Okla.) and junior Preston Lauterbach (174, Bellevue, Neb.) won by pin fall. Senior Kyle Fantin (Cave Creek, Ariz.) was victorious by a major decision at 157. Against CMU, the bout was tied 18-18 heading to the heavyweight bout where senior Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) produced a first period fall at 2:09 to secure the victory for the Pack.

Sophomore JaVaughn Perkins (Omaha, Neb.) ranks No. 1 at 184. He is 3-2 overall and 3-0 in duals, but hasn't wrestled since the first week of January. Two wrestlers are ranked No. 7, as PT Garcia (Denver, Colo.) moved down one spot at 133, while Archer is ranked at the Division II level for the first time in his career. Garcia is 5-3 overall and 3-1 in duals this season with three falls. Archer has a 6-5 record and three falls. 

Western State enters the dual with a 9-3 overall record and a 3-0 mark against RMAC opponents. The Mountaineers have also won three straight duals, including a home win against Colorado School of Mines Friday by the score of 34-9. Western moved up two spots to No. 15 in last week's rankings and have three wrestlers in the top 12 nationally. At 125, Trent Piatt is ranked No. 8 and holds a 17-6 overall record with 13 falls. Brandon Supernaw is ranked No. 5 at 174 and owns a 21-2 record and two pins. At 197, Lonnor Schmidt sits No. 5 with an 11-3 overall record and three falls.

Six seniors will be recognized before the dual: Archer, Fantin, Johnson, Jones, Mestas and Steven Ullman (Arvada, Colo.).

Sunday the ThunderWolves will welcome Central Oklahoma to Massari Arena. UCO is 10th nationally after moving up four spots from 14th. The Bronchos are 12-2 overall and have won six straight duals. Central Oklahoma went 3-2 to finish sixth at the NWCA National Duals. UCO has four wrestlers ranked nationally, as Eli Hale ranks No. 2 at 125 with a 10-0 record, Will Steltzen ranks No. 7 at 149 with a 28-8 record, Bryan Dutton is 19-12 overall to hold down the No. 11 spot at 157 and Caleb Cotter is No. 4 at heavyweight with a 20-1 record. The Bronchos will wrestle Western State Saturday before heading to Pueblo Sunday. 

Probable CSU-Pueblo Lineup

125 - Josiah Seaton (Jr, Bonner Springs, Kan., Overall: 9-11, 3 falls)  
133 - #7 PT Garcia (Jr., Denver, Colo., Overall: 5-3, 3 falls)
141 - #7 Clay Archer (Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla., Overall: 6-5, 3 falls) 
149 - Jared Mestas (Sr., Pueblo, Colo., Overall: 8-9, 3 falls) 
157 - Kyle Fantin (Sr., Cave Creek, Ariz., Overall: 10-5, 2 falls)  
165 - #2 JaCobi Jones (Sr., Omaha, Neb., Overall: 12-2, 3 falls) 
174 - Gavin Melendez (So., Los Banos, Calif., Overall: 8-13, 0 falls)  
174 - Aaron Benton (So., Yuba City, Calif., Overall: 3-4, 0 falls)  
184 - #1 JaVaughn Perkins (So., Omaha, Neb., Overall: 3-2, 0 falls) 
197 - Donavon Rincon (Fr., Pueblo, Colo., Overall: 6-18, 3 falls)
HWT - Cody Johnson (Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla., Overall: 10-7, 6 falls)

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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.