LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 11, 2016) -- The University of Wyoming wrestling team will continue its season this weekend with the Northern Colorado Open in Greeley, Colo. A majority of the Cowboys will make their way to Greeley after competing in the Cowboy Open last Saturday.
Action for the one day tournament is slated to open on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. MT in the Bank of Colorado Arena. Weigh-ins for the open will begin at 7:00 a.m. in the Harry W. Brown Wrestling Complex.
A Look at Wyoming
Numerous Pokes opened their season last weekend at the 39th Annual Cowboy Open in Laramie. Montorie Bridges, Ben Hornickle, Cole Mendenhall, Archie Colgan and Wesley Schultz each won individual titles for UW.
Schultz was impressive in his debut wearing the Brown and Gold. He recorded two decisions before winning by medical forfeit in the finals. Mendenhall went a perfect 4-0 as he won his title with two decisions, one pin and a forfeit. Hornickle had three decisions and a major decision for the Pokes, while Bridges claimed his title by decision over teammate Trent Olson. Colgan brought home his title by way of a 3-2 sudden victory decision over sophomore Branson Ashworth.
Ashworth and Olson picked up runner-up finishes at the Cowboy Open. Ashworth is 4-1 on the year with one pin and a tech fall as Olson currently holds a 3-1 record. Chaz Polson is 5-2 after the Cowboy with all five wins coming in decisions, as Hunter Mullins sports a 4-2 mark after his collegiate debut. Mullins opened his career with a pin in addition to three decisions.
He Said It
“It is one division so our true freshmen will be in the bracket with upperclassmen and our seniors,” head coach Mark Branch said. “We still have some decisions to make, so this weekend will provide another opportunity for us to evaluate and set our lineup for the first dual.”
“A lot of this week in practice has been reminders,” Branch added. “We’ve been focusing on key points that will reinforce the entire team. We have been working on the mat with defense on the bottom position. I thought our shape and conditioning looked good at the Cowboy Open, but it’s definitely been a hard work week were we include more technique.”
The Cowboys open the dual portion of the schedule by hosting No. 7 Nebraska in the UniWyo Sports Complex on Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m.