AFTON, Wyo. (Jan. 30, 2017) – The University of Wyoming hammered home a 32-6 dual victory over Boise State on Monday night. Head coach Mark Branch’s squad won eight of the ten bouts in front of 2,065 fans at Star Valley high school.
“There was a lot of good that I saw tonight,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “But with that there is still work to be done. We were hesitant at times, and we definitely don’t want that, especially early on in matches. This crowd was unbelievable here in Afton. They did a great job of hosting.”
Branson Ashworth started the dual off on the right foot for UW. The redshirt sophomore earned a second-period takedown over Demetrious Romero to give Wyoming a 6-0 lead to begin the dual. Kyle Pope was up next and fell just short in a 3-2 decision that went to Austin Dewey.
Luke Paine moved up to 197 for the Pokes and held on to a 6-5 decision to give the Brown and Gold its second victory of the night. The win was the first of seven in a row on Monday evening. Drew Templeman followed Paine with a 12-0 major decision over Will Bardezbain. Templeman scored a third-period reversal and four point near fall en route to his bonus point win.
Ronnie Stevens added a 4-3 decision for the Pokes. He recorded a whopper of a takedown in the final period to secure the victory. In what was probably the highlight of the evening, Bryce Meredith pinned Rami Haddadin early in the opening period for what was his team-leading ninth fall of the season. It took the sophomore from Cheyenne just 21 seconds to take the win.
Cole Mendenhall added another bonus point win for UW with a 13-5 major over Dakota Wall. Mendenhall secured three separate takedowns in the second period in addition to one final takedown in the third period. Archie Colgan closed out the victorious evening for the Cowboys with a 9-3 decision. Colgan had four total takedowns in the match, with three of those in the second frame.
The Pokes will be back in action on Saturday in the UniWyo Sports Complex. The dual against Air Force will begin at 7 p.m. MT.
165: Branson Ashworth fall Demetrious Romero (4:22)
174: Austin Dewey dec. Kyle Pope, 3-2
184: Kadyn Del Toro de. Lucas Lovvorn, 7-1
197: Luke Paine dec. Harley DuLulo, 6-5
285: Brandon Tribble dec. Garbriel Gonzalez, 3-0
125: Drew Templeman maj. dec. Will Bardezbain, 12-0
133: Ronnie Stevens dec. Josh Newburg, 4-3
141: Bryce Meredith fall Rami Haddadin (0:21)
149: Cole Mendenhall maj. dec. Dakota Wall, 13-5
157: Archie Colgan dec. Fred Green, 9-3