ThunderWolves dispose of Orediggers in 23-11 RMAC dual win

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PUEBLO, Colo. The No. T-7 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team avenged a league dual loss Thursday by defeating Colorado School of Mines 23-11 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup at Massari Arena Saturday.

Mines came into the dual with a 10-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark against RMAC competition. The ThunderWolves improved to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play. There are now three teams with one loss in the RMAC standings, as the conference season closes in the next two weeks. With no tournament this season, the RMAC Champion will be determined by the best dual record.

CSU-Pueblo won seven of the 10 bouts and scored bonus points in two matches.

The ThunderWolves jumped out to an 11-0 lead thanks to winning the first three bouts and earning bonus points.

Josiah Seaton (R-Sr., Bonner Springs, Kan.) kicked things off with a 12-2 major decision at 125, then at 133, No. 2 D'Andre Brumfield (R-Jr., Dallas, Texas) improved to 4-0 in RMAC duals with a major of his own at 14-3.

It took extra time, but PT Garcia (R-Sr., Denver, Colo.) posted a 4-2 decision win at 141 with a takedown in the first sudden victory period.

At 157, Isaiah Diggs (R-Jr., Federal, Wash.) pushed the team lead to 14-3 with a 6-5 decision. He used a third period takedown to edge out the win, which moved him to a perfect 5-0 against RMAC competition this season.

Gavin Melendez (R-So., Los Banos, Calif.) has won four of his last five dual matchups, as he produced a 4-2 decision win at 165. He also recorded a third period takedown to capture the victory.

Two more one-point victories for the Pack at 184 and 197 would secure the dual win and give the ThunderWolves a 23-8 lead heading to the final bout.

No. 7 Tarrence Williams (Sr., Portland, Ore.) improved to 5-0 with a 7-6 decision at 184. He scored three takedowns, which included two in the first period and one in the third.

At 197, No. 7 Hazsell West (R-Jr., Portland, Ore.) scored all three points of his points in the second period and battled to a 3-2 decision win to improve to an impressive 16-0 on the season.

The ThunderWolves compete in their final nonconference dual Feb. 1 at University of Central Oklahoma. That dual from Edmond, Oklahoma begins at 6 p.m. MT.