Four punch tickets to National Championships; Brumfield wins Region Championship

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KEARNEY, Neb. The No. 8 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team qualified four wrestlers for the national championships and finished fourth at the NCAA Division II Super Region VI Championships Saturday in Kearney, Nebraska.

Josiah Seaton (R-Sr., 125, Bonner Springs, Colo.), No. 2 D'Andre Brumfield (R-Jr., 133, Dallas, Texas), Isaiah Diggs (R-Jr., 157, Federal, Wash.) and No. 6 Tarrence Williams (Jr., 184, Portland, Ore.) all punched their ticket to the NCAA Division II National Championships, set for March 8-9 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The ThunderWolves finished fourth with 93 team points. Host University of Nebraska-Kearney won the region title with 121.5 points.

Brumfield went 4-0 to claim the Super Region VI Championship at 133. He totaled three bonus point victories, which included a pin at 3:10 in the title bout against No. 12 Wesley Dawkins of UNK. He posted a 14-4 major decision win in the opener, then produced a 19-3 technical fall to advance to the semifinals where he won by an 8-1 decision.

Williams finished second to secure his spot at the Division II Championships, where he earned All-American honors for the ThunderWolves in 2016. A 12-2 major decision win in the quarters advanced Williams, then a slim 2-1 decision win in the semifinals had him qualified for nationals. In the championship match, he lost 2-0 to No. 5 Konor Schmidt of Western Colorado University.

Seaton will make his first appearance at the NCAA Championships, as he claimed third place at 125. He started the tournament with an intense sudden victory win against Colorado School of Mines' Matthew Lavengood, where he produced a takedown in the extra period to win 4-2. A loss to the No. 2 wrestler in the nation sent him to the consolation side of the bracket. He delivered a 9-5 decision win against Trent Piatt of Western to advance to the third-place bout for a re-match with Lavengood. The evenly-matched wrestlers were tied 1-1 late in the third period when Seaton found a takedown he was able to turn into extra points with a four-point nearfall. As time ran out, Seaton looked at the clock and smiled, knowing he was on his way to the big tournament.

Finally, another member of the Pack will be heading to the DII Nationals for the first time, as Diggs finished third at 157. After a strong 17-10 decision in the quarterfinals, Diggs lost 6-3 in the semifinals to be relegated to the consolation side of the bracket. He won by a 7-3 decision to head to the third place match where he produced a 6-3 decision victory against Jason Slaughter of WCU.

Two CSU-Pueblo wrestlers who were ranked nationally failed to advance out of the regional. At 197, Haszel West (R-Jr., Portland, Ore.) entered ranked No. 4 and undefeated at 18-0. He went 2-2 to finish fourth and to just miss the national championships. West made quick work of his first opponent with a pin at 1:39. He then suffered his first loss of the year in the semifinal, as he was on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision. The deciding point was a penalty point in the second period awarded to his opponent. He won by a 4-3 decision to reach the third-place match, but would fall when he was taken down in the first sudden victory period by Dylan McBride of the Mountaineers. He finished the season with a 20-2 record.

At 149, Jasiah Williams (R-So., Portland, Ore.) was ranked No. 5 nationally and first at the regional, but a hamstring injury that had plagued him all season was aggravated in his second match. He won the first bout by an 8-4 decision, but lost 9-8 in a gutsy performance in the semifinals where he was injured in the first period. He wrestled his next match, but clearly affected by the injury, lost 7-1 before forfeiting the fifth-place match due to the injury. He closed his season with a 5-4 record.

Three seniors closed their careers with sixth-place finishes.

PT Garcia (Denver, Colo.) closed his Pack career with a sixth-place finish after going 1-3. His one win was a 5-3 decision after losing his first match. He was 15-12 in 2018-19.

Zane Zeman (Avon, Ohio) went 1-3 at 165. Zeman won his first bout by a 6-5 margin, but suffered three straight losses to close the championships. In his lone season with the ThunderWolves, Zeman was 11-8.

Preston Lauterbach (Bellevue, Neb.) won his first match by fall at 2:07, but fell in the semifinal to the No. 1 wrestler at 174. He suffered an injury in his next bout and was forced to end his career with a medial forfeit. He closed the season with a 7-3 record.

Wrestling at his first collegiate region championship, redshirt-freshman Gavin Nye (Gerber, Calif.) went 0-2. He closed the season with 20 wins.