No. 5 ThunderWolves set to defend RMAC Championship Saturday

No. 5 ThunderWolves set to defend RMAC Championship Saturday

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PUEBLO, Colo. (February 2, 2018) - The No. 5 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team is set to compete at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, Feb. 3 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m., as the ThunderWolves are set to defend their 2017 RMAC Championship.

Seven Pack (6-6, 4-1 RMAC) wrestlers return from last year's championship team, including RMAC Champion at 165 JaCobi Jones (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) and runner-up at 157 Kyle Fantin (Sr., Cave Creek, Ariz.). Jones is a two-time RMAC Champion (157 in 2016) and ranks No. 2 nationally. He has won 13 straight bouts and is 13-2 overall. Fantin is 11-6 this season with two pin falls. 

Ranked No. 1 nationally at 185 is JaVaughn Perkins (So., Bellevue, Neb.). He is one of three returners for the ThunderWolves that finished third at last year's championships. Perkins is 4-2 this season. PT Garcia (Jr., Denver, Colo.) was third last year at 133 and enters this year's tournament ranked No. 7 with a 7-3 record. Senior Jared Mestas (Pueblo, Colo.) was third at 141 and will be wrestling at 149 this year with a 9-10 overall record. 

At 125, Josiah Seaton (Jr., Bonner Springs, Kan.) was fifth last season and enters the championships with a 9-13 record and three falls. Senior Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) moved up a weight class to heavyweight this season and after finishing fifth last year, enters the 2018 championships with an 11-8 record and seven falls. 

Ranked No. 7 at 141, Clay Archer (Sr., Bonner Springs, Kan.) will miss the tournament due to injury. In his place will be sophomore Tanner Kuketz (So., Granbury, Texas), who owns seven falls this season and and 8-12 record. At 174 will be Preston Lauterbach (Jr., Bellevue, Neb.). He owns an 8-5 record with five falls. Rounding out the lineup is the youngest member of the squad, as Donavon Rincon (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) will wrestle at 197 and enter his first conference championships with a 6-20 record and three pins. 

CSU-Pueblo won't be the only ranked team in the tournament, as University of California Baptist is ranked No. 9 and has three individuals ranked. Western State Colorado University is No. 15 and also has three wrestlers in the top 12 nationally. Finally, Adams State University sits No. 21 nationally with two nationally-ranked wrestlers. 

Probable CSU-Pueblo Lineup

125 - Josiah Seaton (Jr, Bonner Springs, Kan., Overall: 9-13, 3 falls)  
133 - #7 PT Garcia (Jr., Denver, Colo., Overall: 7-3, 3 falls)
141 - Tanner Kuketz (So., Granbury, Texas, Overall: 8-12, 7 falls) 
149 - Jared Mestas (Sr., Pueblo, Colo., Overall: 9-10, 3 falls) 
157 - Kyle Fantin (Sr., Cave Creek, Ariz., Overall: 11-6, 2 falls)  
165 - #2 JaCobi Jones (Sr., Omaha, Neb., Overall: 13-2, 3 falls) 
174 - Preston Lauterbach (Jr., Bellevue, Neb., Overall: 8-5, 5 falls)  
184 - #1 JaVaughn Perkins (So., Omaha, Neb., Overall: 4-2, 1 falls) 
197 - Donavon Rincon (Fr., Pueblo, Colo., Overall: 6-20, 3 falls)
HWT - Cody Johnson (Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla., Overall: 11-8, 7 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.