OREM, Utah -
Nine-straight match wins to begin the contest powered the University of Wyoming wrestling team to its sixth-straight win Saturday night, as the Pokes overpowered Utah Valley by a score of 29-3.
In front of a crowd of 1,721, No. 18 Wyoming (6-2 overall, 2-0 Western Wrestling Conference) stayed unbeaten in conference action, toppling Utah Valley (1-4 overall, 0-1 WWC) for the ninth-consecutive time since 2005.
Wins in the first nine bouts of the evening staked UW to a 29-0 lead. The Cowboys came away with bonus-point wins from seniors Tyler Cox (125 pounds) and Dakota Friesth (165), along with decisions from sophomore Cole Mendenhall (141), sophomore Jake Elliott (149), redshirt freshman Archie Colgan (157), senior Andy McCulley (174), sophomore Benjamin Stroh (184), senior Shane Woods (197) and junior Tanner Harms at 285.
Harms' 4-3 win over 20th-ranked Adam Fager was his fourth victory over a ranked opponent this year, while Cox knocked off 16th-rated Chasen Tolbert in a 14-4 major decision.
The one blemish on the record was a close 6-4 loss by sophomore Drew Templeman to UVU's Jade Rauser, a two-time NCAA qualifier. Templeman tied the score at 4-all in the third period, only to surrender a takedown with just 15 seconds left.
"I thought Tyler and Drew had the most energy of any guys on the team," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "I liked Drew's energy and effort but when you wrestle good kids, you have to go out and hit them hard and then probably hit them hard a few more times. You can't expect to hang around and win. It was a dominating win as a team, but I thought that our energy level as a whole was pretty low.
"It's good to come here and dominate but we have to wrestle a lot better in positions. We have things to work on, which is normal, but when you come out with a conference win, it's something to feel good about going home."
Wyoming will be in action again versus South Dakota State on Jan. 30 and against North Dakota State on Feb. 1.
141 pounds: Cole Mendenhall dec. Matthew Ontiveros (UVU), 9-4 / Wyoming 3, Utah Valley 0
149: Jake Elliott dec. Trevor Willson (UVU), 7-5 / Wyoming 6, Utah Valley 0
157: Archie Colgan dec. Logan Addis (UVU), 7-4 / Wyoming 9, Utah Valley 0
165: #NR/NR/18 Dakota Friesth maj. dec. Dalton Harmon (UVU), 16-6 / Wyoming 13, Utah Valley 0
174: #16/17/17 Andy McCulley dec. Ethan Smith (UVU), 5-2 / Wyoming 16, Utah Valley 0
184: #19/NR/NR Benjamin Stroh dec. Ross Taylor (UVU), 8-4 / Wyoming 19, Utah Valley 0
197: #19/16/17 Shane Woods dec. Derek Thomas (UVU), 3-2 / Wyoming 22, Utah Valley 0
285: Tanner Harms dec. #NR/20/20 Adam Fager (UVU), 4-3 / Wyoming 25, Utah Valley 0
125: #13/11/14 Tyler Cox maj. dec. #NR/16/NR Chasen Tolbert (UVU), 14-4 / Wyoming 29, Utah Valley 0
133: Jade Rauser (UVU) dec. Drew Templeman , 6-4 / Wyoming 29, Utah Valley 3