by Tiffany Underwood
This wrestling conference was held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The CSU-Pueblo wrestling team’s season begins in November and goes until March for their national tournament.
Throughout their season, they compete in many duals and open tournaments against other university wrestling teams along with the RMAC, regional tournament and national tournament. Steven Ullman, Senior at CSU-Pueblo, said, “our performance at the RMAC provided the team with a good measuring stick for our preparation for the reginal and national tournaments.”
Head coach Dax Charles has worked with the CSU-Pueblo wrestling team for nine years as the head coach and assistant coach for seven years. Charles said. “It is nice to be able to win in our own back yard being that it was at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is a NCAA Division II conference located in the states of Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah. The RMAC currently competes in 23 NCAA Division II sports and has earned 57 NCAA Division II national championships and 47 national runners-up since 1992. Founded in 1909, the RMAC is the most historic athletic conference headquartered in the western United States and in Division II, according to the RMAC’s official site.
The RMAC hosts nine universities for the wrestling conference, Chadron State, San Francisco State, CSU-Pueblo, Colorado Mesa, Cal Baptist, Western State, New Mexico Highlands, Colorado Mines and Adam State.
Each wrestler competes individually in their own weight bracket against other wrestlers. Based on the individual’s performance, the university will receive points that go towards the final ranks to determine which team will be declared the champion. For the individual champions, there is a bracket for each of the ten weight class.
According to the NCAA rules, an individual can score a point during a match is a time advantage worth 1 point or escape worth 1 point. An individual could also gain points with a takedown worth 2 points, a reversal worth 2 points or a near fall worth 2 to 4 points. An individual can also win against an opponent by pinning him or by a technical, which is a 15-point advantage against the opponent.
The CSU-Pueblo wrestling team won overall champion with a total of 116.5 points. Eight wresters placed in their individual weight class at the RMAC tournament. One wrestler took first place, another one placed second, four wrestlers took third place and two wrestlers took fifth place.
“It’s a tough tournament and the reason we won was because we came together as a team, we all wrestle for each other not for ourselves and that’s what makes the difference,” said Kyle Fantin, Senior at CSU-Pueblo.