FAYETTE, Iowa (February 16, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team remained the No. 5 team nationally in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Poll, released Friday. The ThunderWolves have six wrestlers ranked in the nation's top 12, which includes JaCobi Jones (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) and JaVaughn Perkins (So., Omaha, Neb.) each holding down the No. 1 spot at their respective weight classes.
CSU-Pueblo totaled 54 points in the poll to sit tight at No. 5. The team has six individuals ranked, which is tied for the third most in the rankings, as they prepare for the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championships Feb. 23-24 in Las Vegas, N.M.
The new poll marks the first time the Pack have had two student-athletes ranked No. 1 at the same time. Jones wrestles at 165, while Perkins weighes in at 184. Both were crowned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champions Feb. 3 at the RMAC Championships where the ThunderWolves placed second.
Both junior Josiah Seaton (Bonner Springs, Kan.) and senior Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) enter the rankings for the first time, as both were also RMAC Championships. Seaton comes in at No. 8 at 125 and Johnson is the No. 9 heavyweight in Division II.
Remaining in the rankings from the last poll (Jan. 18) were senior Clay Archer (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and junior PT Garcia (Denver, Colo.). Archer has been sidelined since late January due to injury, but he will enter next weekend's regional tournament ranked No. 10 at 141. Garcia holds down the No. 12 and final spot at 133.
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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.