GOLDEN, Colo. (February 25, 2017) – Kyle Fantin (R-So., Cave Creek, Ariz.) had to wrestle three times Saturday to secure his advancement to the NCAA Championships, as he and three Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling teammates punched their ticket to nationals after finishing in the top four at the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championships in Golden, Colo.
PT Garcia (R-So., Denver, Colo.) was crowned Super Region Four Champion at 133 due to a medical forfeit in the title match. JaCobi Jones (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) finished second at 165 after falling in the championship bout by the score of 3-2. JaVaughn Perkins (R-Fr., Omaha, Neb.) was also second, as he lost the 184 Championship 5-4 in the first tiebreaker. Both Jones and Perkins lost to the No. 2-ranked wrestlers in the nation.
All four will travel to the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships March 10-11 in Birmingham, Alabama. The four wrestlers matches the foursome the Pack sent in 2013 as the most since the restart in 2008. That season the Pack had two All-Americans, a national champion and finished 13th nationally.
The wrestlers also lifted the 16th-ranked ThunderWolves to a second place finish in the team standings. The Pack totaled 112.5 points, while California Baptist University were regional champions with 125 points. Third was University of Nebraska at Kearney with 110.5 points.
Fantin won his consolation semifinal by an 11-5 decision to reach the third place match, but fell in the bout in an attempt to secure his trip to nationals. In the true fourth place bout, Fantin had a comfortable lead before his opponent had to forfeit to injury.
The Pack had nine wrestlers competing Saturday with six in the consolation semifinals. Fantin was the only one of the six to advance to the third place bout. Winning their final bout and finishing fifth were Josiah Seaton (So., Bonner Springs, Kan.) at 125 and Kyle Bateman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.) at 174.
Final Rundown by Weight Class
125 - Josiah Seaton (So., Bonner Springs, Kan.) - Finished 23-16 overall ... Went 3-2 at regionals to finish fifth ... Won his fifth place bout by a 5-3 decision.
133 - #6 PT Garcia (R-So., Denver, Colo.) - Owns a 15-4 overall record ... Went 3-0 at regionals ... Super Region Four Champion ... His opponent was a medical forfeit for the title bout.
141 - Jared Mestas (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) - Finished 11-10 overall ... Went 2-3 at regionals ... Finished sixth.
149 - Clay Archer (Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla.) - Finished 16-16 overall ... Went 2-2 at regionals ... Upset No. 9 Blake Clevenger in the opening round, 6-1.
157 - Kyle Fantin (R-So., Crave Creek, Ariz.) - Owns a 24-12 overall record ... Went 5-2 at regionals ... Won his true fourth match by injury forfeit to advance to the NCAA Championships.
165 - #4 JaCobi Jones (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) - Owns a 17-6 overall record ... Went 3-1 at regionals ... Lost to No. 2 Calvin Ochs of UNK by a 3-2 decision in the title bout.
174 - Kyle Bateman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.) - Finished 28-13 overall ... Went 4-2 at regionals ... Recorded an 18-6 major decision victory to secure fifth place.
184 - #8 JaVaughn Perkins (R-Fr., Omaha, Neb.) - Owns a 14-5 overall record ... Went 3-1 at regionals ... Defeated No. 9 Zach Stodden in the semifinals ... Lost 5-4 in the first tiebreaker to No. 2 Nick Fiegener of Cal-Baptist in the final.
197 - Cody Johnson (Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla.) - Finished 16-13 overall ... Went 2-3 at regionals ... Finished sixth.
HWT - Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.) - 20-16 overall ... Went 3-3 at regionals ... Finished sixth.
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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