GREELEY, Colo. (Feb. 8, 2017) – The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team (7-5, 4-1 Big 12) dominated Northern Colorado (1-9, 0-5 Big 12) in its Big 12 dual on Wednesday night. The Pokes won seven of ten bouts to roll to a 28-10 win in what is the first of four duals over the next five days.
“Drew (Templeman) was once again up quick,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “With that, he was able to get us started and looked strong against a tough opponent. We don’t ever want to give up bonus points, but then Bryce (Meredith) got us right back to where we wanted to be. He and Cole (Mendenhall) came out firing and were aggressive, which is great to see. Archie (Colgan) had a strong first period and kept good position to get the major. I thought Branson (Ashworth) was maybe a little tight tonight. He was in tough positions in that first period but was able to come away on top.”
Wyoming put the dual away early, bolting to a 19-4 lead at intermission before cruising to the win. Wyoming used bonus point victories in three bouts to earn its six-straight dual win this season and the 22nd-consecutive over Northern Colorado.
Drew Templeman began the dual for UW against Trey Andrews. Templeman took a good shot about one minute into the first period for the takedown and an early 2-0 lead. The senior recorded another takedown late in the final period and ultimately took the decision, 6-1. It was the ninth-straight win for Templeman.
Bryce Meredith came out firing early in the 141-pound match. He recorded his fourth-consecutive bonus point win with a pin over Sean Cannon to give the Pokes a 9-4 lead. Cole Mendenhall scored a late first period takedown to take a 6-4 lead into the second. He didn’t let up in the second period where he earned his ninth pin of the season to give UW a 15-4 lead after four matches.
Archie Colgan took on Jimmy Fate in the 157-pound match. Colgan used an early takedown and near fall points to hold an 8-1 advantage after the opening period. Colgan locked up the major early in the third period and ultimately won 11-3. With the win, Wyoming held a 19-4 advantage at intermission.
In the most anticipated match of the night, Branson Ashworth and Keilan Torres wrestled through a scoreless first period. Ashworth scored the takedown in overtime for the 3-1 victory. The redshirt sophomore has now won eight of his last nine matches.
“Kyle (Pope) was once again consistent and aggressive,” Branch added. “His opponent had a huge size advantage on him and he may have been a little tired, but did what he needed to do. Luke (Paine) worked for a hard earned decision. He won the match on top in the third period. Overall, it was a good performance, I like how we used bonus points to stretch a lead and win the matches we knew we could.”
Two takedowns and a four point near fall in the opening period of the 174-bout helped Kyle Pope to an 8-1 lead after one. Two more reversals and a riding time point gave Pope the 13-7 decision.
In the 197 match, Luke Paine took on Jamarcus Grant. Paine knotted the score up at two with an escape in the second period. Tied at two after the third period, Paine earned a riding time point to take the 3-2 decision for the Brown and Gold.
At heavyweight, Danny Gordon saw his first dual action of the season for UW. After a takedown in the first period, Danny Gordon scored two escapes to tie it at two. Choosing bottom to begin the third, Jack Kuck would eventually record one more escape point for the win.
Wyoming will remain on the road for its next two duals, as it will compete against both No. 17 Oklahoma and No. 1 Oklahoma State on Friday. The dual against the Sooners will begin at 11 a.m. MT, before a 6:30 p.m. dual with Oklahoma State.
125: #14 Drew Templemann dec. #28 Trey Andrews, 6-1 / 3-0
133: Rico Montoya maj. dec. Ronnie Stevens/ 3-4
141: #8 Bryce MeredithSean Cannon, 2:37 / 9-4
149: #20 Cole Mendenhall fall Ben Polkowske, 3:57 / 15-4
157: #17 Archie Colgan maj. dec. Jimmy Fate, 11-3 / 19-4
165: #10 Branson Ashworth Keilan Torres, 3-1 SV1 / 22-4
174: Kyle Pope dec. Dalton Robertson, 13-7 / 25-4
184: Dylan Gabel dec. Lucas Lovvorn, 5-0 / 25-7
197: Luke Paine dec. Jamarcus Grant, 3-2 / 28-7
285: Jack Kuck dec. Danny Gordon, 3-2 /28-10
*NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings