No. 5 Pack Wrestling heads to NCAA Regional Championships Feb. 23-24

No. 5 Pack Wrestling heads to NCAA Regional Championships Feb. 23-24

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PUEBLO, Colo. (February 21, 2018) - The No. 5 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team is set to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championships, Feb. 23-24 in Las Vegas, New Mexico and hosted by New Mexico Highlands University.

The action Friday begins at 11 a.m. and continues until the first two rounds of both the championship and consolation brackets are complete. At 6 p.m. Friday the championship semifinals and consolation quarter finals will be decided.

Saturday's bouts are set to start at 10 a.m. with the consolation semifinals. At noon, the championship and consolation finals will be wrestled to determine the top four from each weight class that will advance to the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, set for March 9-10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The ThunderWolves have been in the national rankings all year and have been No. 5 in the last two rankings. The Pack have six wrestlers ranked nationally, the most since the program returned in 2008. CSU-Pueblo finished eighth at the NWCA National Duals (Jan. 4-5) and closed the dual season with a 6-8 record (4-4 against nationally ranked teams). The ThunderWolves totaled four Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champions and finished the runner-up at the RMAC Championships (Feb. 3).

Last year the Pack were first among 15 teams after day one of the regional championship. The ThunderWolves finished second at the regional and sent four wrestlers to the national chamionships. All four of those national qualifiers will be competing this weekend, including defending Regional Champion at 133, junior PT Garcia (Denver, Colo.). Returning All-Americans include senior JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) and sophomore JaVaughn Perkins (Omaha, Neb.). Senior Kyle Fantin (Cave Creek, Ariz.) also qualified for the national championships a season ago. 

CSU-PUEBLO LINEUP

125 - #8 Josiah Seaton (Jr, Bonner Springs, Kan., Overall: 13-13, 3 falls)  
133 - #12 PT Garcia (Jr., Denver, Colo., Overall: 10-4, 5 falls)
141 - #10 Clay Archer (Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla., Overall: 7-5, 3 falls) 
149 - Jared Mestas (Sr., Pueblo, Colo., Overall: 12-14, 4 falls) 
157 - Kyle Fantin (Sr., Cave Creek, Ariz., Overall: 14-8, 3 falls)  
165 - #1 JaCobi Jones (Sr., Omaha, Neb., Overall: 15-2, 3 falls) 
174 - Preston Lauterbach (Jr., Bellevue, Neb., Overall: 10-7, 6 falls)  
184 - #1 JaVaughn Perkins (So., Omaha, Neb., Overall: 7-2, 1 falls) 
197 - Donavon Rincon (Fr., Pueblo, Colo., Overall: 7-24, 4 falls)
HWT - #9 Cody Johnson (Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla., Overall: 16-8, 8 falls)

LINEUP BIOS

125 SEATON

Ranks No. 8 nationally ... RMAC Champion ... All-RMAC First Team ... Has a 13-13 overall record with three falls ... Finished with a 5-5 dual record (1 fall), which included a 3-2 record in RMAC competition ... Has won five straight matches. 

133 GARCIA

Ranks No. 12 nationally ... Finished third at the RMAC Championships after posting a 3-1 record with two falls ... Owns a 10-4 overall record with five falls ... Finished 5-1 in dual competition, which included a 3-1 record against RMAC foes ... Has won six of his last seven bouts (three pins, a major and a tech fall).

141 ARCHER

Ranks No. 10 nationally ... Owns a 7-5 overall record with three pins ... Finished the dual season with a 4-3 record (1 fall), which included a 2-1 record (1 fall) against RMAC opponents ... Has a 4-1 record in his last five matches ... Has missed the last month due to injury and did not participate at the RMAC Championships.

149 MESTAS

Has a 12-14 overall record with four falls ... Recorded a 7-3 record in dual competition with two falls ... Was 5-2 (1 pin) against RMAC competition to tie for the most RMAC dual wins on the team ... Went 2-3 and finished sixth at the RMAC Championships with one fall ... 

157 FANTIN

Owns a 14-8 overall record with three falls ... Posted a 9-5 record (1 fall) in dual competition for the second most dual wins on the team this season ... Went 5-2 in RMAC duals to tie for the most RMAC dual wins ... Has an 8-4 record in his last 12 bouts (Four bonus point wins, while all four losses were by decision).

165 JONES

Ranks No. 1 nationally ... RMAC Champion (four time) ... All-RMAC First Team (four time) ... Owns a 15-2 overall record with three falls ... Went 10-0 in dual competition (two falls) with a 4-0 RMAC record (one fall) ... Has the second most wins on the team and recorded the most dual victories on the squad ... Has won 13 straight matches (five bonus point wins). 

174 LAUTERBACH

Owns a 10-7 overall record with six falls, which is the third most pins on the team ... Went 1-1 (1 fall) in dual competition, both against RMAC foes ... Finished fourth at the RMAC Championships after going 2-2 with one pin fall ... Is 3-3 in the last six matches with all three losses coming to Bruno Nicoletti of Colorado Mesa, who currently ranks No. 11 nationally. 

184 PERKINS

Ranks No. 1 nationally ... RMAC Champion ... All-RMAC First Team ... Has a 7-2 overall record with one fall ... Went 4-0 in dual competition, which includes a 2-0 record against RMAC competition (one fall) ... Has won seven straight bouts ... RMAC Wrestler of the Week (Jan. 9).

197 RINCON

Has a 7-24 overall record with four falls ... Went 0-14 in duals and 0-7 against RMAC foes ... Finished sixth at the RMAC Championships. 

HWT JOHNSON

Ranks No. 9 nationally ... RMAC Champion ... All-RMAC First Team ... Owns a 16-8 overall record with a team-high eight falls ... The 16 wins is also a team-best ... Went 8-5 in dual competition (five falls), which included a 3-2 record against RMAC competition (two falls) ... Has won five straight bouts and seven of his last eight matches ... RMAC Wrestler of the Week (Nov. 14) ... HERO Sports HERO of the Week (Jan. 27).

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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.