Cowboy Wrestling to Visit Northern Colorado

LARAMIE, Wyo. (Feb. 6, 2017) – The University of Wyoming wrestling team will visit Northern Colorado for a midweek matchup on Wednesday night. The Big 12 dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. MT as the Pokes will look to extend its current win streak of five duals. 

Trackwrestling will have live results while Northern Colorado will feature live video on Wednesday. Fans can watch live with the link above. 

Last Time Out
The Pokes are coming off a rousing 29-9 win against Air Force on Saturday night. The dual meet saw UW win seven of the ten bouts, helping to team improve to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 action. The win was the ninth consecutive over Air Force. 

Wyoming in the Rankings
The next individual rankings will be released on Tuesday afternoon. The Pokes currently five wrestlers within the national rankings. UW is led by junior All-American Bryce Meredith, who is ranked No. 8 by several organizations. Drew Templeman (No. 16) at 125-pounds, Branson Ashworth (No. 16) at 165 and Archie Colgan (No. 19) at 157 are all ranked in the top-20 of their respective weights in the InterMat Individual rankings. Cole Mendenhall finds himself ranked as high as 16th by The Open Mat. 

Five Pokes appeared on the first NCAA Coaches’ Panel rankings, which were released January 20. Meredith led UW as the eighth ranked wrestler (141 pounds) followed by Ashworth ranked 13th at 165 pounds. Templeman is 14th at 125, while Colgan is ranked 17th (157 pounds). Mendenhall rounds out the Pokes as the 20th-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds. The second rankings will be released on Feb. 9.

About Northern Colorado
The Bears (1-8, 0-4 Big 12) currently have four wrestlers in the NCAA Coaches Panel rankings in the top-30 of their respective weight classes. Dylan Gabel leads the way as he is the 20th-ranked wrestler in the 184 weight class. Timmy Box is 24th (141) with Keilan Torres placing 25th (165) and Trey Andrews ranked 28th (125). UNC’s last dual win came on Jan. 15 against Boise State. The Bears have currently lost three duals in a row. 

Series with Northern Colorado
The Cowboys lead the all-time series against the Bears 50-29-1 in a series that dates back to 1932. The Cowboys have won 22-straight duals against the Bears and are 8-0 all-time under head coach Mark Branch. UW used bonus points in six matches in a 37-7 win over Northern Colorado last year in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Luke Paine, Brandon Tribble, Drew Templeman, Bryce Meredith, Cole Mendenhall and Archie Colgan picked up victories for the Brown and Gold. 

He Said It
“It’s nice to see the progression at this point,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “Especially with how our dual performance was struggling just a few weeks ago. We’ve grinded out a few tough ones and have been able to separate ourselves in the team score.”

“We know it will be a big week ahead but we don’t want to look past anything,” Branch added. “It’s great to win, but we understand what is at stake. We definitely have room for improvement and see that we have a lot of work to do.”

Wyoming Projected Lineup (6-5, 3-1 Big 12)
125: #14 Drew Templeman, Sr. (14-5, 8-2)
133: Ronnie Stevens9-9, 1-4) OR Gunnar Woodburn, Sr. (10-10, 1-6)
141: #8 Bryce Meredith, Jr. (23-4, 9-2)
149: #20 Cole Mendenhall, Sr. (24-5, 6-3)
157: #17 Archie Colgan, Jr. (28-5, 7-4)
165: #13 Branson Ashworth, RSo. (30-4, 10-1)
174: Kyle Pope, Jr. (18-12, 4-7)
184: Lucas Lovvorn, RFr. (16-7, 2-3) 
197: Luke Paine, Jr. (9-12, 1-3)
285: Brandon Tribble, Sr. (11-14, 4-6) OR Danny Gordon, So. (10-6, 0-0)

Northern Colorado Projected Lineup (1-8, 0-4 Big 12)
125: #28 Trey Andrews (21-13, 6-3)
133: Rico Montoya (13-10, 3-6) 
141: #24 Timmy Box (22-10, 6-3)
149: Ben Polkowske (13-12, 3-6)
157: Jimmy Fate (5-9, 0-4) OR Tyler Kinn (2-8, 0-4)
165: #25 Keilan Torres (21-11, 5-2)
174: Dalton Robertson (8-10, 0-3) OR Tanner Davis (4-11, 1-4)
184: #20 Dylan Gabel (19-8, 6-2)
197: Jamarcus Grant (6-10, 1-7)
285: Jack Kuck (7-16, 0-9)
*NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings

Up Next
After Wednesday’s contest, UW will remain on the road for two duals on Friday. Wyoming will take on No. 15 Oklahoma at 11 a.m. MT before a contest with No. 1 Oklahoma State at 6:30 p.m.