Seniors lift No. 5 Pack to 31-12 victory versus No. 15 Western

Seniors lift No. 5 Pack to 31-12 victory versus No. 15 Western


PUEBLO, Colo. (January 24, 2018) - The No. 5 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team dominated Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe No. 15 Western State Colorado University Wednesday in a bout at Massari Arena. The ThunderWolves totaled seven victories, including five from seniors on Senior Night.

The Pack (6-5, 4-1 RMAC) wrestled five seniors against the Mountaineers (9-4, 3-1 RMAC) and all five were victorious. Senior Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) earned a first period pin at heavyweight in just 1:44 to record a team-high seventh fall this season. Senior Jared Mestas (Pueblo, Colo.) used a late third period four-point near-fall to secure an 18-1 tech fall at 149, as he improved to 6-1 in dual competition. Senior No. 2 JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) moved to 10-0 in dual bouts this season with a 12-4 major victory at 165. Senior No. 7 Clay Archer (Broken Arrow, Okla.) overcame a first period injury to finish his match at 141 with a 12-8 decision win. Finally at 157, senior Kyle Fantin (Cave Creek, Ariz.) grinded out a 3-2 decision win, as he is now 11-5 overall this season. 

The ThunderWolves were leading 19-3 after Jones' win at 165, thanks to four of the seniors and a 9-1 major decision victory for junior No. 7 PT Garcia (Denver, Colo.) at 133. Leading 19-9, sophomore JaVaughn Perkins (Omhaha, Neb.), who is ranked No. 1 nationally at 184, made quick work of his opponent with a fall just 1:22 into the bout. The victory moved the dual score to 25-9 to ensure a team win for CSU-Pueblo. Johnson would but the cherry on top of a successful evening with his pin. 

Western got all three of its wins from nationally ranked wrestlers. Junior Josiah Seaton (Bonner Springs, Kan.) came up just short in his upset bid at 125, as he lost 4-3 to No. 8 Trent Piatt on ride time. 

In addition to the five seniors who wrestled, the program also recognized senior Steven Ullman (Arvada, Colo.) before the dual. Ullman was slated to wrestle at 197 this season, but suffered a season-ending injury during the first tournament. 

The Pack remain at home for a Sunday, Jan. 28 bout against No. 10 University of Central Oklahoma set to begin at 3 p.m.

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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.