GREELEY, Colo. -- Redshirt freshman P.T. Garcia recorded four pins on his way to an individual title in the Cowboys' season opener Sunday at the Northern Colorado Open in Greeley, Colo. Fellow redshirt freshman Branson Ashworth (149 pounds) and Sam Eagan (heavyweight) also won individual titles.
"We looked pretty sloppy, but that wasn't a surprise, it was a mixed bag and it was a great tournament to learn from," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "We had a lot of positives and I thought P.T. (Garcia), Branson (Ashworth) and Sam (Eagan) wrestled very well. We had some situations where I think we could be more aggressive and we need to put more pressure on our opponents."
Garcia was impressive in his first action in a Cowboy singlet. His four pins led all wrestlers on the day with his fastest coming 1:17 into his semifinal match. Eagan was equally impressive with two falls on the day and won his title in overtime against Jack Kuck of Northern Colorado. Ashworth won his title with three decisions and one forfeit.
Sophomores Luke Paine (184 pounds) and Chaz Polson (165 pounds) along with junior Brandon Tribble (197 pounds) earned third-place finishes. Paine and Tribble went 4-1 on the day and lost close matches in the semifinals. Polson battled back through the consolation bracket with a 6-1 record.
Numerous Cowboys wrestled unattached. Freshman Cody Vigoren highlighted the group with a second-place finished at 197 pounds going 2-1. He fell to Northern Colorado's Trent Noon, an NCAA qualifier a season ago in the finals. Junior Cole Mendenhall went 5-1 on the day to finish third at 141 pounds. He defeated Cowboy freshman Ben Hornickle in the third-place match. Other placers included freshman Drake Foster at 125 pounds, freshman Dewey Krueger at 157 pounds and freshman Lucas Lovvorn at 165 pounds.
The Cowboys host the annual Cowboy Open in War Memorial Field House next Saturday.