Jan. 7, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Unlike earlier this week, the University of Wyoming wrestling team could not climb out of an early hole that they dug themselves, and the Cowboys lost 28-8 to the No. 24-ranked Oregon State Beavers on Thursday night in Corvallis, Ore.
Wyoming won only two of 10 weight classes, with major decision victories from All-American Joe LeBlanc at 184 pounds and Shane Onufer at 165 pounds. UW lost all of the close matches against OSU, with six decisions going the way of the Beavers by a combined total of 13 points.
Two nights earlier in Laramie, the `Pokes had come from 11 points down to beat North Carolina State, however against Oregon State, UW's slow start cost them dearly and they were never able to recover in the team tally.
With the road loss Wyoming falls to 4-2 in dual matches this season, while Oregon State improves to 9-1. The Cowboys are now 6-17 all-time versus the Beavers.
"We got outwrestled tonight...plain and simple," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "They wrestled with more intensity, passion, and heart. They were the better team."
For the second straight dual UW began the night by forfeiting the 125-pound weight class due to academic eligibility issues with starter Michael Martinez. Down 6-0, Wyoming then suffered a 7-3 loss by senior Cory VomBaur at 133 pounds to No. 15-ranked Kelly Kubec.
OSU's Mike Mangrum beat the Cowboy's Chase Smith, 7-5 at 141 pounds, and UW's Cole Dallaserra lost 4-1 at 149 pounds to No. 15 R.J. Pena. The Beavers' No. 12-ranked Keegan Davis rolled to a 15-2 major decision at 157 pounds over Micah Kadera, giving Oregon State a 19-0 team lead.
Wyoming sophomore and No.9-ranked Onufer then stopped the bleeding temporarily at 165 pounds. He earned a 12-4 major decision over Dan Brascetta, his fifth decision by eight or more points this season. Onufer now has a 16-4 overall record.
Cowboy 174-pounder Brock Smith lost a late lead against No. 12 Colby Covington and dropped a 5-4 decision in the next bout.
No. 7-ranked sophomore LeBlanc then picked up the second win for UW with a hard-working effort at 184 pounds. He got a bonus point victory over OSU's Brice Arand for the second time this season, with a 12-3 major decision. LeBlanc had previously beaten Arand by technical fall, 17-1 in the Las Vegas Invite quarterfinals. He is now 24-3 this season, with 19 of those wins by bonus-point margin.
Flip-flopping weight classes from Tuesday's dual, Cowboys Lee (L.J.) Helbig and Alfonso Hernandez each lost close decisions in the final two matches. Helbig fell to Chad Hanke, 6-5 at 197 pounds, while Hernandez wrestled up from his normal spot at 197 pounds to fill a void at heavyweight and went down 4-2 to No. 20 Clayton Jack.
"This was a wake-up call that we have some individuals that are doing the minimum," Branch added. "We have individuals that are doing the minimum in the wrestling room, outside of the wrestling room, in the classroom and in their personal lives. This team will be challenged by the coaching staff and we will find individuals who want to give us the maximum effort."
The Cowboys will return home to the UniWyo Sports Complex in Laramie next Friday, Jan. 15, for a big Western Wrestling Conference dual against much-improved rival Northern Colorado. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
No. 24 Oregon State (OSU) 28, Wyoming (WYO) 8