Fantin leads Pack at Reno Tournament of Champions

Fantin leads Pack at Reno Tournament of Champions


RENO, Nevada (December 18, 2017) - The T-No. 7 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team competed at the Reno Tournament of Champions Sunday in Reno, Nevada with some of the top teams across the NCAA, NAIA and junior colleges.

The Pack were led by Kyle Fantin (Cave Creek, Ariz.) at 157. The junior was 4-1 entering the consolation round of 8, but had to forfeit due to injury. After winning 10-1 by major decision in the first round, Fantin fell by major decision to move to the consolation bracket. There he won by a 9-1 major, a third period fall (6:37) and a 7-2 decision. The injury ended his tournament, which served as the first action of the season for the returning national qualifier.

Seniors JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) and Clay Archer (Broken Arrow, Okla.) both posted three wins and also reached the consolation round of 8. Competing at 157, Jones went 3-2 with a pin and two decision victories (17-12 and 7-4). The three-time All-American's two losses came to a wrestler from Stanford and North Carolina State. Archer pinned his first opponent in the second period (3:31) before falling by decision. He recorded a pin in 51 seconds in the consolation bracket, then won by an 8-4 decision before suffering a loss by pinfall.

Three members of the ThunderWolves were 2-2. Tasting his first action of the season was PT Garcia (Jr., Denver, Colo.). A national qualifier a season ago, Garcia recorded two straight first period pin falls at 1:40 and 1:12 before losing two consecutive. At 125, Tanner Kuketz (So., Granbury, Texas) also earned both his wins by pinning his opponent (1:34 and 6:49). Finally, Gavin Melendez (So., Los Banos, Calif.) picked up two decision victories (5-0 and 6-4) at 149.

The Pack finished 12th of 50 teams that scored with 40 total points.  

The tournament was the final competition for the Pack in 2017, as they will break for the holiday and return Jan. 4-5 for the National Duals in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

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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.