Jan. 29, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the second consecutive year, the University of Wyoming wrestling team battled Oklahoma State in most every match, but came out on the short end of each tight contest, thus losing the dual by a big margin, 31-3.
The Cowboy vs. Cowboy match-up was held in UW's Arena-Auditorium on Friday night in Laramie before a school record number of fans for a dual match, 2,566. Those fans watched No. 4-ranked OSU win three bouts by one point, one match by two points and one contest in sudden victory overtime.
As a whole, the brown and gold Cowboys took good shots and got to their opponent's legs but could not finish takedowns. The orange and black Cowboys turned defense into offense, took advantage of UW mistakes and that made all the difference in what turned out to be a lop-sided final team score.
Last year was a similar story in Stillwater, as UW lost four close bouts and won at only one weight, falling to OSU 34-4.
Wyoming's only win on this evening came at 149 pounds where junior Cole Dallaserra earned a 3-0 decision over Luke Silver. After a scoreless first period, Dallaserra rode Silver for the entire second period and then used a third-period reversal and riding time point to seal the victory.
With the dual loss, Wyoming falls to 6-3 overall while Oklahoma State improves their dual mark to 10-2-1.
"The crowd, the cheerleaders, and the band were all great...we weren't," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "Our guys battled hard, but constantly put ourselves behind the eight-ball and found ways to lose. We did not close out matches and I want to make it clear, that I, and this team are not okay with close losses. What we saw tonight was the difference between being a top-level team and everyone else."
UW's close losses included a 3-2 decision by No. 10 Chris Notte over No. 11 Michael Martinez at 125 pounds, a 4-3 decision by No. 5 Jordan Oliver over Cory VomBaur at 133 pounds, a 8-6 decision by No. 9 Alex Meade over No. 10 Shane Onufer at 165 pounds, a 10-5 sudden victory, overtime decision by No. 10 Clayton Foster over No. 6 Joe LeBlanc at 184 pounds, and a 3-2 decision by No. 7 Alan Gelogaev over Alfonso Hernandez at 197 pounds.
Both LeBlanc and VomBaur were leading their bouts with just seconds remaining in the final period before dropping the decisions.
"We did not have the formula to win tonight," Branch ended. "Now we have to find a way to get those matches behind us, make weight in the morning and make the adjustments that we need in order to win some important conference match-ups."
UW's busy weekend will continue tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 30 when they host a full day of Western Wrestling Conference duals. The first WWC dual of the day will feature a neutral-mat match, with the Utah Valley Wolverines against the Northern Iowa Panthers at 2 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Next, the `Pokes will face Utah Valley at 4 p.m., followed immediately by a match-up with the defending West Regional champions, UNI, at approximately 5:30 p.m.
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