Johnson's pin secures 24-18 victory at Colorado Mesa

Johnson's pin secures 24-18 victory at Colorado Mesa


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (January 19, 2018) - The No. 5 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team totaled three pin falls, including in the final bout, to secure a 24-18 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory at Colorado Mesa University Friday.

Knotted up at 18-18 heading to the final bout, the heavyweight match, senior Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) recorded an early first period takedown and turned his opponent to produce his sixth pin fall of the season at 2:09. 

The ThunderWolves improved to 5-5 in dual competition and 2-2 in RMAC duals. The Pack built a 18-6 lead through the 165 match.

Junior Josiah Seaton (Bonner Springs, Kan.) got things started at 125 with a 9-4 decision. He trailed 4-2 after the second period, but after choosing down for the third period reversed his opponent and then posted a four-point nearfall to open the 8-4 lead. A ride time point was added and he picked up his ninth win of the year.

No. 7 PT Garcia (Jr., Denver, Colo.) made quick work of his foe at 133 and scored six points for the Pack with a fall at 1:47. He has three falls this season. Senior Jared Mestas (Pueblo, Colo.) won by a 7-3 decision at 149 to allow the road team a 12-3 lead. Senior Kyle Fantin (Cave Creek, Ariz.) just missed an upset victory of No. 4 Payron Tawater at 157, as he lost 11-5 in sudden victory. 

Senior No. 2 JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) pushed the ThunderWolves advantage to 18-6 when he recorded a pin at 3:32 after leading 8-0 in the bout. Jones is now 9-0 in duals. 

Two Colorado Mesa decision wins, then a third period pin by the Mavericks at 197 tied the match 18-18 to set up the big win by Johnson. 

The ThunderWolves return to Massari Arena Wednesday, Jan. 24 for a RMAC dual with No. 15 Western State Colorado University. The match serves as Youth Night and Senior Night. All youth 18 and under will be admitted for free. 

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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.