COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 3, 2018) - The No. 5 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team crowned four champions at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships Saturday, as eight student-athletes placed and the ThunderWolves finished runner-up.
The Pack claimed 110 points to finish second behind California Baptist University. CBU gathered 132.5 points to win the title. Last year the ThunderWolves needed 116.5 points to earn the championship.
No. 2 JaCobi Jones (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) captured his third RMAC Championship in the tournament setting and he was named RMAC Champion as a freshman to be crowned a four-time conference champion. According to available records, Jones is just the fourth wrestler in the history of the RMAC to earn four RMAC Championships in a career and the second member of the Pack to do so (Chuck Pipher). Jones produced two major decision wins to get to the championship bout, then a medical forfeit by his opponent put him at the top of the podium.
None of the other three champions were taken down by their opponent. No. 1 JaVaughn Perkins (So., Omaha, Neb.) defeated No. 3 Nick Fiegener of California Baptist 3-1 in the first sudden victory period to claim his first conference title at 184. In the heavyweight bout, Cody Johnson (Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla.) didn't allow No. 11 Sam Alnassiri of San Francisco State University to take him down, as he pulled off the 6-2 decision win and upset to earn the title. At 125, Josiah Seaton (Jr, Bonner Springs, Kan.) captured the championship after he defeated Alex Nunez of CBU by an 8-2 decision.
No. 7 PT Garcia (Jr., Denver, Colo.) finished the championships in third when he won by a first period pin fall (1:51) in the third place bout.
Despite losing their last matches, three other Pack wrestlers placed in the top six. Preston Lauterbach (Jr., Bellevue, Neb.) was fourth at 174, Jared Mestas (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) finished sixth at 149 and Donavon Rincon (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) posted a sixth place finish at 197.
125 - Seaton reached the finals by recording a 7-2 decision in his first match, then pulled off the upset against No. 8 Trenton Piatt of Western State Colorado University in the semifinal. He recorded a 7-5 victory against the nationally ranked opponent after Piatt got the best of him by a 4-3 decision earlier this season. Seaton used a first period takedown to set the tone for the rest of his title match where he won 8-2.
133 - Garcia worked quickly in his opening bout and produced a 15-0 technical fall to advance to the semifinal. He suffered a loss by pin fall during the first period of the bout, but used the loss to energize himself to third. In his next match he scored a pin in 55 seconds, then only needed 1:51 in the third place bout to put Chance Karst of Colorado School of Mines on his back.
149 - Mestas finished sixth after going 2-3 on the day. He recorded a first period pin at 1:56 in his opening match, but a loss by pin fall in the semifinal which moved him to the consolation side of the bracket. He won by a 6-3 decision to advance to the consolation semifinals, but suffered a loss to fall to the fifth place match. The senior lost by pin in the final bout to place sixth.
157 - Senior Kyle Fantin (Cave Creek, Ariz.) won his first bout with a first period fall at 1:21. A decision loss in the next round bumped him to the consolation bracket where he suffered a 4-3 loss on a takedown in the final seconds of the third period.
165 - Jones produced two major decision victories to reach the finals, as he won handily, 11-3 and 11-2. The senior was ready to claim his third title by wrestling before the news of the medical forfeit less than an hour before the championship bouts would begin.
174 - Lauterbach lost by a close 7-6 decision in his opening bout, but battled back with a 7-4 decision to advance to the consolation semifinals. He reached the third place match by pinning his opponent in just 38 seconds. The junior suffered a first period pin in his third place bout.
184 - Perkins used a 17-0 tech fall in his first match of the championships to reach the semifinals. The sophomore then won by a 9-5 decision to secure a spot in his first RMAC title bout. The sophomore had beaten Fiegener by a 4-1 decision earlier in the season at the National Duals when the CBU standout was ranked No. 1 and Perkins was the No. 2. Tied 1-1 after each recorded an escape the bout moved to sudden victory. With less than 30 seconds left, Perkins saw an opportunity and lifted Fiegener up and over for the takedown.
197 - Rincon lost his first match, but responded with a second period pin at 3:46 to advance in the consolation bracket. He fell in the consolation semifinal and then lost by fall in the fifth place match.
285 - Johnson won his first match by a close 6-4 decision, then produced some bonus points for the Pack with a first period pin at 2:17 to reach the semifinal bout. He won 5-2 in the match to reach his first RMAC title match. The senior was the aggressor in the match and is paid dividens, as he pushed the pace to a 6-2 decision. On Jan. 13, Alnassiri defeated Johnson by an 18-4 major decision.
Next up for the Pack are the final three RMAC duals, starting with a road trip to Colorado Mines Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 the ThunderWolves close the "home" dual season with the matchup against Chadron State College being conducted at East High School beginning at 6 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.