Jan. 10, 2009
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -
With aspirations of getting to the top themselves in the near future, the Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team got a first-hand view of the best in the nation on Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa, at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)/Cliff Keen National Duals. UW wrestled three dual matches and was 1-2.
The Cowboys faced the nationally ranked No. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes in the opening round and lost 38-3. Then, in the preliminary round of the consolation bracket Wyoming matched up with the Buffalo Bulls and earned a 24-10 victory. Next up for UW was the No. 16 Boise State Broncos, who ended the Cowboys' tournament by a score of 24-15.
The dual with Boise State showed how far the Wyoming team has come this season, as last year BSU beat UW by a score of 38-3.
Wyoming is now 4-2 in dual meets this season.
"We fought hard against Iowa and didn't lay down, so I wasn't disappointed in our effort," said Wyoming head coach Mark Branch. "Then we came back and wrestled better than we have all year against Buffalo and went hard against Boise State. Overall we showed some toughness and it was a great experience. The guys got to see some of the things I've been talking about all season and some of them made some good progress. Today was not about wins and losses, but about working towards our goal of being better at the end of the season.
"Cole (Dallaserra) had a huge win against Boise State and Jacob (Scharbrough) finally had an outstanding match (vs. Buffalo). Michael (Martinez) wrestled well all day."
Against Iowa and in front of a pro-Hawkeye crowd, redshirt freshman Michael Martinez was the only bright spot for the Cowboys. Martinez earned a 6-4 win at 125 pounds against the Hawkeyes' J.J. Krutsinger.
The `Pokes got better results versus Buffalo, winning seven of ten matches. Three of UW's victories were by major decision. Martinez (125) got his second win of the day, 10-1 over Dan Bishop. Then junior Cory VomBaur followed suit at 133 pounds with a 9-1 major decision over Taylor Golba. True freshman Jacob Scharborough also earned a decision by eight points or more, 12-4 over Nate Rock. Senior Eric Coxbill (157), junior Alex Rieder (165), as well as redshirt freshmen No. 17 Shane Onufer (174) and No. 10 Joe LeBlanc (184) all earned wins by decision over their Bulls' opponents.
Martinez saved his best for last and won his third match of the day against Boise State, a 5-3 upset victory in the 125-pound weight class over No. 18 Brian Owen. As a team, the `Pokes had three wins by decision and one by forfeit against the Broncos. At 141 pounds, sophomore Cole Dallaserra got a win for Wyoming over Cory Fish, 5-3, and at 197 pounds UW true freshman Alfonso Hernandez had an 8-3 decision over Ryan Allen. Scharborough won by forfeit at heavyweight.
The Cowboys will wrestle three duals in one day again next Saturday, Jan. 17. UW will take an east coast road trip and face Duke, Liberty and North Carolina State in head-to-head match-ups.
No. 1 Iowa (IA) 38, Wyoming (WYO) 3
125 pounds - Michael Martinez (WYO) by decision over JJ Krutsinger (IA), 6-4
133 pounds - No. 5 Daniel Dennis (IA) by major decision over Cory VomBaur (WYO), 15-4
141 pounds - No. 1 Alex Tsirtsis (IA) by technical fall (5) over Cole Dallaserra (WYO) 16-1, 4:46
149 pounds - No. 1 Brent Metcalf (IA) by fall over Chase Smith (WYO), 1:55
157 pounds - Matt Ballweg (IA) by decision over Eric Coxbill (WYO), 7-1
165 pounds - No. 3 Ryan Morningstar (IA) by major decision over Alex Rieder (WYO), 18-5
174 pounds - Jake Kerr (IA) by decision over No. 17 Shane Onufer (WYO), 6-3
184 pounds - No. 3 Phil Keddy (IA) by major decision over No. 10 Joe LeBlanc (WYO), 17-5
197 pounds - No. 20 Chad Beatty (IA) by decision over Alfonso Hernandez (WYO), 3-1
Heavyweight - No. 12 Dan Erekson (IA) by fall over Jacob Scharborough (WYO), 0:46
Wyoming (WYO) 24, Buffalo (BUF) 10
125 pounds - Mike Martinez (WYO) by major decision over Dan Bishop (BUF), 10-1
133 pounds - Cory VomBaur (WYO) by major decision over Taylor Golba (BUF), 9-1
141 pounds - Mark Lewandowski (BUF) by major decision over Cole Dallaserra (WYO), 8-0
149 pounds - Desmond Green (BUF) by decision over Chase Smith (WYO), 8-6
157 pounds - Eric Coxbill (WYO) by decision over John-Martin Cannon (BUF), 4-1
165 pounds - Alex Rieder (WYO) by decision over Ron Majerus (BUF), 8-5
174 pounds - No. 17 Shane Onufer (WYO) by decision over Nate Rock (BUF), 4-3
184 pounds - No. 10 Joe LeBlanc (WYO) by decision over Mickey Moran (BUF), 5-2
197 pounds - Jimmy Hamel (BUF) by decision over Alfonso Hernandez (WYO), 6-1
Heavyweight - Jacob Scharborough (WYO) by major decision over Robert Ryhal (BUF), 12-4
No. 16 Boise State (BSU) 24, Wyoming (WYO) 15
125 pounds - Michael Martinez (WYO) by decision over No. 18 Brian Owen (BSU), 5-3
133 pounds - No. 2 Andrew Hoshstrasser (BSU) by major decision over Cory VomBaur (WYO), 9-0
141 pounds - Cole Dallaserra (WYO) by decision over Cory Fish (BSU), 5-3
149 pounds - No. 18 Jason Chamberlian (BSU) by decision over Chase Smith (WYO), 4-1
157 pounds - No. 6 Adam Hall (BSU) by major decision over Tyler Davis (WYO), 13-3
165 pounds - Tyler Sherfey (BSU) by major decision over Alex Rieder (WYO), 11-1
174 pounds - Nate Lee (BSU) by decision over No. 17 Shane Onufer (WYO), 11-4
184 pounds - No. 4 Kirk Smith (BSU) by fall over Dallas Hintz (WYO), 4:23
197 pounds - Alfonso Hernandez (WYO) by decision over Ryan Allen (BSU), 8-3
Heavyweight - Jacob Scharborough (WYO) by forfeit