KEARNEY, Neb. (January 14, 2017) - Senior Kyle Bateman (174, Sandy, Ore.) posted a 4-0 record to lift the No. 21 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team to a 3-1 day at the Midwest Duals, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Saturday. The ThunderWolves earned victories against two nationally ranked opponents.
The Pack (5-3 in duals) defeated Southwest Minnesota State University 26-12, then upset No. 7 Northern State University by the score of 26-14. CSU-Pueblo followed that by defeating No. T-18 Augustana College 30-11. The Pack finished the day losing to No. 12 Cal-Baptist University, 26-9.
Bateman guided three other Pack wrestlers who recorded an undefeated effort. He posted a major win and two decisions before upsetting No. 9 Nolan Kistler of Cal-Baptist by a 6-3 decision.
At 125, Josiah Seaton (So., Bonner Springs, Kan.) went 3-0 on all decision victories. He won by the scores of 5-2, 8-3 and 7-1. Ranked No. 3 nationally, junior JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) went 2-0 at 165. He won by a major decision, 13-3 and a narrow 3-1 decision. Finally, Kenny Cleveland (Jr., Owasso, Okla.) wrestled just once, but made the best of it as he recorded a first period pin (1:30) of No. 8 Michael Lowman from Augustana.
Five other wrestlers recorded at least two wins, which included No. 11 Kyle Fantin's (R-So., Crave Creek, Ariz.) 2-1 record at 157 with two decision wins. Heavyweight Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.) was 2-1 with a major decision and a 7-2 win. Levi Maes (R-So., Englewood, Colo.) was 2-1 at 133, which included a fall at 3:39 against SMSU.
The Pack will open their home portion of the schedule Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. when Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Colorado Mesa University. It is Youth Wrestling Night at Massari Arena and all youth wearing club or school gear will be admitted for free.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.