Garcia, Perkins and Johnson set to compete at the NCAA Championships March 9-10

Garcia, Perkins and Johnson set to compete at the NCAA Championships March 9-10

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PUEBLO, Colo. (March 8, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team is sending three student-athletes to the NCAA Division II National Championships March 9-10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The ThunderWolves enter nationals ranked No. 15 in the final NWCA poll.

The event is taking place at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is hosted by Upper Iowa University and Go Cedar Rapids.

Friday, the action begins with the first round at 10 a.m. MST. At 5 p.m. Friday, the wrestling continues with the quarterfinals and first and second rounds of the wrestleback. Saturday begins at 9 a.m. MST with the semifinals and third and fourth in the wrestleback. The finals will begin at 5 p.m. MST Saturday. 

Junior PT Garcia (Denver, Colo.) will be making his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Division II Championships. He went 1-2 last year and enters this year's nationals ranked No. 11 at 133. He begins the championships against No. 9 George Farmah of Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

Redshirt-sophomore JaVaughn Perkins (Omaha, Neb.) returns to the national meet after securing All-American honors with a third-place finish at 184 last year. He enters the championships ranked No. 1 nationally and will begin facing Dalton Hahn of Upper Iowa. 

Senior Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla) enters his first NCAA Division II Championships ranked No. 12. He was third at the regional meet. The first bout for the senior is against No. 7 Damon Sims Jr. of University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.

NATIONAL QUALIFIERS BIOS

133 GARCIA

National qualifier ... Ranks No. 11 nationally ... Finished third at the NCAA Super Region Four Championships with a 4-1 record and four pins ... Finished third at the RMAC Championships after posting a 3-1 record with two falls ... Owns a 14-5 overall record with nine falls (tied for the most on the team) ... Finished 5-1 in dual competition, which included a 3-1 record against RMAC foes ... Has won 10 of his last 12 bouts (seven pins, a major and a tech fall).

184 PERKINS

National qualifier ... Ranks No. 1 nationally ... NCAA Super Region Four Champion after going 3-0 at the regional with a tech fall and pin ... RMAC Champion ... All-RMAC First Team ... Has a 10-2 overall record with two falls ... Went 4-0 in dual competition, which included a 2-0 record against RMAC competition (one fall) ... Has won 10 straight bouts ... RMAC Wrestler of the Week (Jan. 9).

HWT JOHNSON

National qualifier ... Ranks No. 12 nationally ... Third place at the NCAA Super Region Four Championships after going 4-1 with a pin ... RMAC Champion ... All-RMAC First Team ... Owns a 20-9 overall record with nine falls (tied for the most on the team) ... The 20 wins is a team-best ... Went 8-5 in dual competition (five falls), which included a 3-2 record against RMAC competition (two falls) ... Has won nine of his last 10 bouts ... 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