COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 15, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team was picked to finish first in the 2018-19 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. Senior 125 Josiah Seaton (Bonner Springs, Kan.) was named to the Preseason All-RMAC squad.
Last season the ThunderWolves finished 11th at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships and were runner-up at the RMAC Championships. CSU-Pueblo gathered three first-place votes and a total of 45 points in the poll to edge Western State Colorado University, who totaled 39 points and three first-place nods.
A 2018 RMAC Champion at 125, Seaton returns to the Pack lineup for his senior year. He ranked No. 8 nationally entering last year's NCAA regional championships, but went 0-2 in the tournament with two, one-point decision losses. He was an All-RMAC First Team selection and went 13-15 overall with three falls. Seaton finished with a 5-5 dual record (1 fall), which included a 3-2 record in RMAC competition.
Also returning after his second season as a national qualifier as a member of the Pack is senior 133 PT Garcia (Denver, Colo.). He was third at the NCAA Super Regional Four Championships and at the RMAC Championships last year. Garcia entered the NCAA Championships ranked No. 11 and posted a 1-2 record in the tournament. He finished the season with a 15-7 overall record with 10 falls (most on the team).
The ThunderWolves have already started official practices for the sesaon. The team's first competition is the Cowboy Open Nov. 3, hosted by the University of Wyoming. CSU-Pueblo will host a home scrimmage against Otero Junior College Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Massari Arena.