GUNNISON, Colorado , staff writer - CSU- Pueblo (January 26, 2107) - The No. 13 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team suffered a 22-15 loss at Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-for Western State Colorado University, Thursday. The ThunderWolves (7-5, 2-2 RMAC) trailed 13-3 after four bouts, as PT Garcia (R-So., Denver, Colo.) earned the lone decision victory (6-2) at 133. The Pack won three of the next four matches and trailed just 16-12 after eight matches. Kyle Fantin (R-So., Cave Creek, Ariz.) won at 157 with a 5-3 decision, then No. 4 JaCobi Jones (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) won 7-4 at 165. Senior Kyle Bateman (Sandy, Ore.) suffered a sudden victory loss at 174, which could have give the Pack their first lead of the dual. Reigning RMAC Wrestler of the Week, No. 6 JaVaughn Perkins (R-Fr., Omaha, Neb.), jumped out to an 8-0 lead in his match at 184, but couldn't earn the extra team points to settle for an 8-4 decision victory. The second pin of the evening for the Mountaineers, this time at 197, secured the dual win, as the home team led 22-12 with only the heavyweight bout. Augie DeSantis (R-Jr., Escondido, Calif.) capped the match with a slim 2-1 victory, but CSU-Pueblo suffered their second loss in a row.
125: Ronald Wardleigh (WSCU) over Josiah Seaton (CSUP) (Dec 6-0) 133: Paul Garcia (CSUP) over Tyler Hanenberg (WSCU) (Dec 6-2) 141: Seth Rich (WSCU) over Levi Maes (CSUP) (MD 11-2) 149: Ian Steen (WSCU) over Clay Archer (CSUP) (Fall 5:30) 157: Kyle Fantin (CSUP) over Shawn Beiriger (WSCU) (Dec 5-3) 165: JaCobi Jones (CSUP) over Travis Bradford (WSCU) (Dec 7-4) 174: Brandon Supernaw (WSCU) over Kyle Bateman (CSUP) (SV-1 6-4) 184: JaVaughn Perkins (CSUP) over Konnor Schmidt (WSCU) (Dec 8-4) 197: Mick Dougharity (WSCU) over Cody Johnson (CSUP) (Fall 4:39) 285: Augustine DeSantis (CSUP) over Michael Henry (WSCU) (Dec 2-1)
After a 0-2 week, the No. 13 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team edged No. 2 University of Nebraska-Kearney, 22-21 in front of the home crowd at Massari Arena. The ThunderWolves (8-5, 2-2 RMAC) have won five duals against nationally ranked opponents this season. Tonight's dual was the final tune-up before the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, Feb. 4 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Pack jumped out to a 9-0 lead with a 9-4 victory at 125 by Josiah Seaton (So., Bonner Springs, Kan.). Junior PT Garcia (Denver, Colo.) followed with a quick pin at 133. His second fall of the season came in just 39 seconds. The ThunderWolves lost the next four bouts, but a No. 7 Kyle Bateman (Sandy, Ore.) second-period pin (4:42) at 174 tied the match at 15-15. He owns six falls this season, two in dual format. Ranked No. 5 nationally, JaVaughn Perkins (Omaha, Neb.) kept the momentum going with a 5-2 decision and the home team led 18-15. Junior Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) may have posted his biggest win of the season, as a two-point near fall late in the third, plus riding time, secured an 8-0 major decision victory at 197. The win opened a seven-point lead in the dual, 22-15. The Lopers earned a pin in the final bout, the fourth overall fall of the dual, but it was not enough, as the ThunderWolves posted the upset and moved to 3-0 at home in 2016-17. The final home bout is Feb. 8 versus Colorado School of Mines at 7 p.m.
125: Josiah Seaton (CSUP) over Vlad Kazakov (NEKE) (Dec 9-4) 133: Paul Garcia (CSUP) over JD Rader (NEKE) (Fall 0:39) 141: Jacob Wasser (NEKE) over Jared Mestas (CSUP) (Dec 5-3) 149: Keith Surber (NEKE) over Clay Archer (CSUP) (Dec 12-9) 157: Destin McCauley (NEKE) over Kyle Fantin (CSUP) (Fall 0:26) 165: Calvin Ochs (NEKE) over JaCobi Jones (CSUP) (Dec 15-9) 174: Kyle Bateman (CSUP) over Richard Miranda (NEKE) (Fall 4:42) 184: JaVaughn Perkins (CSUP) over Zach Stodden (NEKE) (Dec 5-2) 197: Cody Johnson (CSUP) over Trey Schlender (NEKE) (MD 8-0) 285: Kevin Barrett (NEKE) over Augustine DeSantis (CSUP) (Fall 1:57)