LARAMIE, Wyo. (January 18, 2017) – The University of Wyoming wrestling team (2-5, 1-1 Big 12) will make its way to the West Coast for a single dual with Cal Poly on Friday night. The dual is set to begin at 8 p.m. MT at Mott’s Athletic Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Live stats for the match can be found on TrackWrestling.com. Cal Poly will feature live video at GoCalPoly.com.
Cal Poly Probable Lineup
125-Isaac Blackburn, So., Auburn, Calif. (3-9)
133-Yoshito Funakoshi, So., Torrance, Calif. (8-9)
141-Colton Schilling, Jr., Sweet Home, Ore. (12-6)
149-Joshy Cortez, So., Temecula, Calif. (10-12)
157-#20/NR/25/19 Colt Shorts, Sr., Canonsburg, Penn. (16-9)
165-Luke Wilson, Jr., Santa Maria, Calif. (8-8)
174-Xavier Johnson, Sr., Brentwood, Calif. (4-5) OR Travis Berridge, Sr., Brandon, Fla. (10-5)
184-Sohrab Movahedi, Jr., Northridge, Calif. (7-5) OR Mitch Woods, Sr., Camino, Calif. (8-5)
197-J.T. Goodwin, Sr., Stockton, Calif. (6-7)
285-Spencer Empey, Jr., Sparks, Nev. (12-11)
Wyoming Probable Lineup
125-#14/14/18/NR Drew Templeman, Sr., Orting, Wash. (10-5)
133-Gunnar Woodburn, Sr. Claremore, Okla. (9-10)
141-#8/8/8/8 Bryce Meredith, Jr., Cheyenne, Wyo. (19-4)
149-NR/NR/23/17 Cole Mendenhall, Sr., Great Falls, Mont. (21-5)
157-#19/NR/22/18 Archie Colgan, Jr., Westminster, Colo. (24-5)
165-#16/17/15/11 Branson Ashworth, So., Spanish Fork, Utah (26-4)
184-Luke Paine, Jr., Billings, Mont. (8-11)
197-Nate Shaw, Sr., Bettendorf, Iowa (6-9)
285-Brandon Tribble, Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (8-13)
*Rankings reflect InterMat/Flowrestling/Trackwrestling/TOM polls.
The Series with Cal Poly
Wyoming is 5-4 all-time against the Mustangs, winning by a score of 35-2 last year in Laramie. Cal Poly was 4-0 against the UW to begin the series, but have lost five straight dual meets to the Cowboys since. The last win for Cal Poly came during the 2010-11 season, when the Mustangs took an 18-16 win in San Luis Obispo from the Pokes.
Cal Poly was idle last week, but have most recently defeated West Virginia 19-18 before falling to Arizona State 30-15. The Mustangs are led by Colton Shorts at 157-pounds. Shorts is the lone wrestler ranked for Cal Poly and has a 16-9 record this season.
Wyoming in the Rankings
The Pokes once again have five wrestlers within the national rankings. UW is led by All-American Bryce Meredith, who is ranked No. 8 by several organizations. Drew Templeman (No. 14) 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 17th by Trackwrestling.
Last Time Out
Wyoming split its weekend series last week with an 11-33 loss to No. 20 South Dakota State before a dominating 32-14 win over Oregon State on Sunday. The Pokes opened the dual against the Beavers with four-straight wins and had five bonus point victories in total to secure the win.
He Said It
“I think these two teams matchup well,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “I certainly hope we come out ready to compete like we did on Sunday instead of Friday night against South Dakota State. I always like to go out there and get a day of practice in where we’ll have a workout or two with cardio on the beach. Then on Thursday we will be back on the mat and focus on the dual on Friday night.”
“There was definitely improvement on Sunday and that is exactly what you want,” Branch added. “We all know that last Friday was not our best but we’ll continue to work so that doesn’t happen again. Sunday wasn’t perfect but we know that good things happen when we set our own pace and come out aggressive. Cal Poly wrestled tough last year and even though the score may have indicated it was lopsided, there were a lot of close matches. We understand we have no room for error.”
Wyoming will be back in action next Saturday at Utah Valley. The dual will begin in Orem, Utah, at 4 p.m. MT.