KEARNEY, Neb. The No. 7 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team fell twice at the Midwest Duals in Kearney, Nebraska Saturday before posting an exciting 25-24 victory against No. 19 Maryville University.
Senior JaCobi Jones (Omaha, Neb.) went 3-0 to improve to 8-0 this season in dual competition, while senior Kyle Fantin (Cave Creek, Ariz.) also went 3-0.
The ThunderWolves lost 29-9 to San Francisco State University, then fell to Fort Hays State University 28-18. The Maryville bout was a pin or be pinned effort for both teams, as six of the 10 matches were decided by pin fall. Junior Josiah Seaton (Bonner Springs, Kan.) earned in a pin at 125 at the 6:49 mark of the seven minute match, while Jared Mestas (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) earned a fall at 141 in the second period (3:42). The Pack led 12-9 after four bouts then got a 14-2 major decision victory from Fantin at 157. Jones produced a 12-7 decision win at 165 and the ThunderWolves were ahead 19-9. The Saints captured 15 points in the next three weight classes to lead 24-19 heading into the last bout. No surprise it was decided by pin fall, as senior heavyweight Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) produced a fall in just 1:05 to secure the one-point victory for the ThunderWolves. Johnson's win came against the No. 12 wrestler nationally at heavyweight.
On the day, No. 2 Jones went 3-0 with a 6-3 decision win to start the day and then a pin at 6:11 before the final decision victory. No. 9 Fantin totaled 13 team points, as he earned a 3-2 decision victory, a first period pin at 1:53 and then the major decision against Maryville.
Seaton recorded a 2-0 day at 125 with a 6-1 decision win and the pin against Maryville.
Senior Clay Archer (Broken Arrow, Okla.) wrestled once at 141 and recorded a sudden victory win 10-8 against No. 3 Brandon Ball of Fort Hays State.
Johnson was 2-1 in the three bouts, as he added a 8-6 decision against FHSU.
Next up for the ThunderWolves is a Jan. 17 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference bout and the home opener against Adams State University at 6 p.m. The Pack will then head to Colorado Mesa University Jan. 19.