The University of Wyoming wrestling team used bonus points in six matches in a 37-7 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday evening in the UniWyo Sports Complex. The 37 team points was Wyoming's highest team score of the season. Saturday night's win also marked the Cowboys' 50th win against the Bears in a series that dates back to 1932.
"I thought we wrestled pretty well as a team," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "We were very aggressive, yet a little sloppy at times. We got off to a slow start and we controlled what we could control."
The Pokes were aggressive all night earning a pair matches by fall, two matches by major decision and capping the night with a technical fall and a major decision. The Cowboys opened the dual with five-straight wins as UW improves to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 duals. The Bears fell to 3-6 overall and 0-4 in Big 12 action.
"Archie (Colgan) had some really nice takedowns and had some nice shots in an aggressive in the opening period," Branch said. "When you see more aggression you see more sloppiness, but it is better than what we saw a few weeks ago."
Sophomore Luke Paine opened the dual with a 10-6 decision over Tyler Kinn. Paine battled back in the matches' final period earning a four-point nearfall with 10 seconds left in the match to give the Pokes a 3-0 dual lead. Junior Benjamin Stroh picked up his third major decision win of the season with a 10-1 tally over Tanner Davis. He took control of the match with a takedown and two-point nearfall in the second period to advance the UW lead to 7-0. Stroh recorded over four minutes of riding time.
Junior Brandon Tribble earned bonus points in a dual for the first time this season with his 11-3 win over Tommy Chisholm. He dominated the match with over three minutes of riding time and used a takedown and two-point nearfall to earn the major decision and give the Cowboys an 11-0 dual lead. Senior Tanner Harms continued his solid wrestling with a pin of Jack Kuck at 5:31 of the match. He improved to 8-1 on the season against members of the Big 12. Harms has also won five-straight matches.
Junior Drew Templeman gave UW a 22-0 dual lead with his 16-0 technical fall win over Jesse Reed. He finished the match with a four-point nearfall and a pair of two-point nearfalls for his second technical fall win of the season. The Bears earned their first win of the dual to make the matchup 22-4 after freshman Drake Foster fell by major decision to Rico Montoya.
Sophomore Bryce Meredith wasted little time extending the Cowboys lead to 28-4 with a pin of Ben Polkowske at 4:31 of the match. It was his 10th dual win of the season and his seventh-consecutive win. He leads the Cowboys in dual points with 43 on season.
Junior Cole Mendenhall picked up a 17-13 decision over Nick Adams to make the dual 31-4 UW. Mendenhall had a strong opening period with five takedowns. Junior Archie Colgan won the Cowboys' final match of the night with an injury default win over Eleazar De Luca in a match that was pivotal to Big 12 tournament rankings.
"We need to figure some things out and figure what team we will bring to Kansas City and we will use the next dual to figure that out" Branch said. "We have good period of time to train ourselves physically and really get healthy."
The Cowboys return to action next Saturday night with a 7 p.m. dual in the UniWyo Sports Complex against Utah Valley. UW will honor their three seniors prior to the dual.
174: Luke Paine, dec. (10-6) over Tyler Kinn, 3-0 WYO
184: Benjamin Stroh, Major dec. (10-1) over Tanner Davis, 7-0 WYO
197: Brandon Tribble, Major dec. (11-3) over Tommy Chisholm, 11-0 WYO
285: #19/20/20 Tanner Harms, fall (5:31) over Jack Kuck, 17-0 WYO
125: #15/16/15 Drew Templeman, tech fall (16-0, 5:32) over Jesse Reed, 22-0 WYO
133: Rico Montoya, Major dec. (14-2) over Drake Foster, 22-4 WYO
141: #15/13/13 Bryce Meredith, fall (4:31) over Ben Polkowske, 28-4 WYO
149: Cole Mendenhall, dec. (17-13) over Nick Adams, 32-4 WYO
157: Archie Colgan, Injury default over Eleazar Deluca, 37-4 WYO
165: Keilan Torres, dec. (8-4) over Kyle Pope, 37-7 WYO