A technical fall win by sophomore Kyle Pope to open the dual propelled the Cowboy wrestlers past North Dakota State 27-13 on Sunday afternoon in Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse in Fargo, N.D in the Cowboys' final road dual of the season. The Pokes won three of the first four matches of the dual and finished by winning the final three bouts on their way to the win. The Pokes move to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in Big 12 duals with the Bison falling to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12.
"I felt better about the effort we had today and wins are positives," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "I thought we showed a lot of guts out there today, but I thought we could have wrestled better. When we were in tough situations we found a way to win."
Pope earned his second-straight technical fall and third-straight technical fall by a Cowboy at 165 pounds in an 18-1 win over Grant Nehring to open the dual. In his 2:13 of action, Pope recorded three four-point near falls on his way to the win to give the Pokes a 5-0 dual lead. Senior Jace Jensen made the dual 8-0 with a 2-0 decision over Blake Thompson at 174 pounds. He recorded an escape and added a point on riding time in the dual.
No. 5 Hayden Zillmer of NDSU downed Benjamin Stroh by major decision at 184 pounds to make the dual 8-4. UW responded with a pair of wins at 197 pounds and 285 pounds to extend the UW lead to 14-4. Junior Brandon Tribble (197 pounds) picked up 3-1 decision over Logan Paxton. Tribble recorded a takedown and an escape to earn the win. Senior Tanner Harms (285 pounds) won a hard fought match in sudden victory over Ben Tyanan by decision, 8-6. Harms earned the win with a pair of reversals to stem the tide of the match. He earned a quick takedown off the whistle in sudden victory to earn the win.
The Bison took the match at 125 by forfeit and 133 pounds by decision in sudden victory to trim the Cowboy lead to 14-13. Sophomore Bryce Meredith responded with an 11-3 major decision win over Mitch Bengston at 141 pounds. It was the sixth time this season he has recorded bonus points in a dual. He recorded a takedown with two seconds left to get the extra team point to make the dual 18-13. It also marked the 20th win of the season for Meredith, as he moved to 20-3 on the season.
After bonus points from Meredith, junior Cole Mendenhall recorded a pin at 1:20 over Clay Ream. A quick takedown in the match resulted in strategic pin by Mendenhall for his fifth fall of the season. His pin gave UW a 24-13 lead and locked up the win for the Pokes. Junior Archie Colgan finished the dual with a 9-4 decision over Kyle Gilva. Colgan scored five points in the final period with a pair of takedowns and escape on his way to the victory.
"We had to look to the team to have someone do something special this afternoon and we got some nice performances," Branch said. "It was nice winning seven matches and really dug deep in a few of those wins, as the guys kept composer and grinded. We still need to wrestle better and we are capable of that."
The Cowboys return to action next Saturday with a 7p.m. dual against Northern Colorado in the UniWyo Sports Complex.
165 - Kyle Pope (Wyoming) tech fall Grant Nehring (NDSU), TF 18-1, 2:13 - Wyoming 5-0
174 - Jace Jensen (Wyoming) dec Blake Thompson (NDSU), 2-0 - Wyoming 8-0
184 - #5 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) major dec Ben Stroh (Wyoming), MD 14-6 - Wyoming 8-4
197 - Brandon Tribble (Wyoming) dec Logan Paxton (NDSU), 3-1 -- Wyoming 11-4
285 - #19 Tanner Harms (Wyoming) sudden victory-1 Ben Tynan (NDSU), SV-1 8-6 - Wyoming 14-4
125 - #16 Josh Rodriguez (NDSU) won by forfeit - Wyoming 14-10
133 - Nicole Colunga (NDSU) sudden victory-1 Drake Foster (Wyoming), SV-1 10-8 - Wyoming 14-13
141 - #15 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming) major dec Mitch Bengtson (NDSU), MD 11-3 - Wyoming 18-13
149 - Cole Mendenhall (Wyoming) fall Clay Ream (NDSU), Fall 1:20 - Wyoming 24-13
157 - Archie Colgan (Wyoming) dec Kyle Gliva (NDSU), 9-3 - Wyoming 27-13