Kemp's clutch win lifts Fresno State past Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- With the dual coming down to the final match, redshirt sophomore 165-pounder Adam Kemp came through in the clutch for the Bulldogs with a hard-fought 3-2 win to lift Fresno State past Wyoming, 22-19 at the UniWyo Sports Complex on Thursday evening.

Despite forfeiting both 125 and 197 pounds, Fresno State (9-7, 4-1 B12) tallied six wins in the dual getting bonus points win from Brandon Martino at 174 pounds and DJ Lloren at 141 pounds.

Martino got the dual started with his second major decision of the season while Lloren recorded his first career fall as a Bulldog. Kemp, Josh Hokit (Hwt.), Greg Gaxiola (149 lbs.) and Jacob Wright (157 lbs.) added wins by decision.

How It Happened
With the dual getting started at 174 pounds, Martino got the 'Dogs rolling with a 8-0 major decision over No. 11 Hayden Hastings. A takedown in each period along with an escape and riding time point were enough for the Clovis native's second-straight win over a top-12 opponent after defeating No. 11 Samuel Colbray from Iowa State at home last Friday.

With Wyoming (7-8, 3-2 B12) getting on the board with a major decision at 184 pounds by No. 32 Tate Samuelson over Dominic Kincaid and receiving a forfeit at 197 pounds, the Cowboys took a 10-4 lead. Hokit cut Wyoming's lead in half with a 3-2 win over No. 18 Brian Andrews as the senior two-sport athlete saw his first action since Jan. 17 against Duke. A third-period takedown by Hokit proved to the difference as Andrews was limited to two escapes.

With the Cowboys' taking a 16-7 lead after another forfeit by the 'Dogs at 125 pounds, the Cowboys took their largest lead of the match at 19-7 after a 4-0 win by No. 8 Montorie Bridges over Gary Joint.

It was all Fresno State from their as the 'Dogs won the final four matches of the dual. Lloren got the Bulldogs' back on the winning track with a fall over redshirt freshman Trevor Jeffries in 4:29 to cut the Wyoming lead to 19-13. Gaxiola followed with a 4-1 win No. 26 Jaron Jensen as the redshirt junior used a first-period takedown and an escape in the third period along with 1:14 of riding time for his 14th win of the season.

Wright tied the match at 19-19 with a 7-4 win over No. 33 Dewey Krueger as the redshirt sophomore broke a 3-3 tie in the third period with an escape, takedown and riding time point to send the dual to a winner-take-all final match.

After a scoreless first period, Kemp chose bottom to start the second period, quickly escaped and added a takedown for a 3-0 lead. Facing redshirt freshman Cole Moody, the Cowboy wrestler was able to escape and added another escape in the third period, but Kemp held on for a 3-2 win.

  • Fresno State improves to 13-1 all-time against Wyoming.
  • The Bulldogs move to 1-0 on the road this season.
  • The 'Dogs improve to 4-1 in Big 12 duals.
  • Fresno State has won nine of its last 12 duals.
  • Lloren runs his record to 20-4 and notced his seventh win by bonus points.
  • Attendance at the UniWyo Sports Complex on Thursday was 547.

    Up next
    Fresno State heads to North Dakota State (6-3, 3-1 B12) on Saturday for a Big 12 dual at 5 p.m. PT at the Scheels Center.

    174: No. -/-/20/- Brandon Martino (FS) maj. dec. No. 10/12/12/11 Hayden Hastings (WYO), 8-0 | FS 4, WYO 0
    184: No. 32/-/-/32 Tate Samuelson (WYO) maj. dec. Dominic Kincaid (FS), 9-0 | FS 4, WYO
    197: No. 26/24/-/27 Stephen Buchanan (WYO) won by forfeit | WYO 10, FS 4
    HWT: No. 11/11/12/9 Josh Hokit (FS) dec. No. 18/21/-/26 Brian Andrews (WYO), 3-2 | WYO 10, FS 7
    125: Jake Svihel (WYO) won by forfeit WYO 16, FS 7
    133: No. 7/8/8/8 Montorie Bridges (WYO) dec. Gary Joint (FS), 4-0 | WYO 19, FS 7
    141: No. 22/23/15/13 DJ Lloren (FS) won by fall over Trevor Jeffries (WYO), 4:29 | WYO 19, FS 13
    149: No. -/-/-/29 Greg Gaxiola (FS) dec. No. 26/-/-/32 Jaron Jensen (WYO), 4-1 | WYO 19, FS 16
    157: No. 18/-/17/14 Jacob Wright (FS) dec. No. 33/-/-/- Dewey Krueger (WYO), 7-4 | FS 19, WYO 19
    165: Adam Kemp (FS) dec. Cole Moody (WYO), 3-2 | FS 22, WYO 19
    - Rankings by NCAA Coaches Panel Ranking/FloWrestling/InterMat/Trackwrestling
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