CSU-Pueblo wrestling falls to Central Oklahoma


Diandra Howell

After a historic win the night before, CSU-Pueblo’s wrestling team fell short against sixth-ranked Central Oklahoma, losing the duel 23-9.

Freshman Tim Urenda, 125 pounds, opened the duel with his match against Ryan Brooks.  After three periods, the match went into sudden victory.  Urenda almost won the match with a takedown, but it was never called and Brooks walked away with a 3-1 decision victory.

Central Oklahoma took control of the duel, winning the next three matches.  Junior Nick Mamalis, 133 pounds, fell to Dustin Reed in a 9-4 decision.  Junior Jesse Hillhouse, 141 pounds, lost to Casy Rowell with a 4-2 decision.  At 149 pounds, Central Oklahoma’s Ky Corley had a major decision victory over junior Nick Stahler, winning 12-3. 

The ThunderWolves’ strength showed in the middle of the lineup as CSU-Pueblo received three straight wins. 

Junior Levi Jutila, 157 pounds, bested Central Oklahoma’s Austin Quinton in a 6-1 decision victory.  Sophomore Matt Addington, 165 pounds, was victorious against Chris Watson, with a 7-3 decision.  Trevor Grant kept his winning streak alive with a 9-4 decision over Zach Aylor, Grant’s seventh straight win.

The highlight of the night came during the match against CSU-Pueblo’s Adam Carey and Central Oklahoma’s Tanner Keck.  Carey, a 184 pound junior, was undefeated coming into the duel.  A match that normally lasts nine minutes went for 13 as Carey and Keck went into three overtimes. 

Keck, who is ranked second in the nation, won the match 7-6 after a Carey takedown was waived off.

Central Oklahoma would win the last two matches as CSU-Pueblo sophomore Joseph Giron, 197 pounds, fell to Jarrett Edison in a 14-3 decision and heavyweight sophomore Bill Gray lost to Cody Dauphin with a 3-2 decision.

The Thunderwolves have a week off to prepare for their duel against fourth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney at Massari Arena Jan. 26.