Wyoming Wrestlers Win Eight Matches to Top Portland State, 31-6

Feb. 6, 2009


The University of Wyoming wrestling team defeated the Portland State Vikings by a score of 31-6 on Friday night in Portland, Ore., at the Stott Center. The Cowboys won eight of ten matches competed, five of those by major decision and one by technical fall.

It was Wyoming's seventh straight dual win and their season record is now 11-2 overall, 2-0 in the Western Wrestling Conference.

"We had focused all week in practice on being the aggressor and that showed on this road trip," said Wyoming head coach Mark Branch. "The guys did some very good things, so now we need to have that same frame of mind against tougher opponents which we will see next week.

"We did have guys who lost focus in some spots and got frustrated because the match was not going the way they wanted it to, but for the most part we wrestled hard and with intensity."

After losing the 149-pound match and falling behind early, 3-0, the Cowboys would rattle off wins at five weight classes to give themselves a comfortable 18-3 advantage. UW also lost a decision at heavyweight, but won the final three match-ups to tally the 31-6 final score.

Michael Martinez had the largest margin of victory for the `Pokes at 125 pounds, winning 23-7 by technical fall over Kevin Martinez. UW's Martinez has now won 11 straight matches and has a season record of 31-7.

Wyoming's Tyler Davis (157), Joe LeBlanc (184), Alfonso Hernandez (197), Cory VomBaur (133) and Cole Dallaserra (141) each won by eight points or more and recorded major decision victories. No.7-ranked LeBlanc now has a season mark of 34-5, with 12 of those wins coming by way of major decision.

Cowboy Dallas Hintz won by decision at 165 pounds, as did No. 19-ranked Shane Onufer at 174 pounds. Onufer's win came in overtime and he improved his season record to 35-8.

The Cowboys travel to Orem, Utah, next Friday, Feb. 13, for a WWC match-up with Utah Valley at 4 p.m. UW then immediately heads southeast to Stillwater, Okla., for two duals on Sun., Feb. 15. Wyoming will wrestle No. 15-ranked Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. and Binghamton (N.Y.) at 5 p.m.

Wyoming (WYO) 31, Portland State (PSU) 6

149 pounds - Henry Kofa (PSU) by decision over Chase Smith (WYO), 7-4, 3-0 PSU
157 pounds - Tyler Davis (WYO) by major decision over Alex Bubb (PSU), 10-2, 4-3 WYO
165 pounds - Dallas Hintz (WYO) by decision over Bryan Cantrell (PSU), 10-7, 7-3 WYO
174 pounds - No. 19 Shane Onufer (WYO) by decision over Ryan Sonderegger (PSU), 5-3 OT1, 1:21, 10-3 WYO
184 pounds - No. 7 Joe LeBlanc (WYO) by major decision over Brady Garner (PSU), 18-8, 14-3 WYO
197 pounds - Alfonso Hernandez (WYO) by major decision over Keena Washington (PSU), 11-3, 18-3 WYO
Heavyweight - Levi Cooper (PSU) by decision over Jacob Scharbrough (WYO), 4-2, 18-6 WYO
125 pounds - Michael Martinez (WYO) by technical fall (5) over Kevin Martinez (PSU), 23-7, 23-6 WYO
133 pounds - Cory VomBaur (WYO) by major decision over Thomas Cottrell (PSU), 10-1, 27-6 WYO
141 pounds - Cole Dallaserra (WYO) by major decision over Westley Moniz (PSU), 9-0, 31-6 WYO