Feb. 13, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling program finished up a tough weekend with a 34-3 loss to the fourth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sunday.
Wyoming won just one match versus Oklahoma State, and the loss came on the heels of a 22-10 loss Friday night to the Oklahoma Sooners. After the defeat, No. 24 Wyoming now is 11-6 overall. All of Wyoming's losses have been to ranked opponents.
"I don't think it's a setback by any means, but we definitely didn't take the opportunity to step forward," Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. "I still think we're doing good things, but you want to take a step to get to a higher level and we didn't take that this weekend.
"You've got to give them a lot of credit. They came out very aggressive and we didn't match that. Right now, I think they're wrestling the best they've wrestled all year. We didn't match a lot of things they brought. If we had competed hard, you're going to have some real exciting, nail-biting matches. We hung around, but didn't provide any excitement."
The dual began at 141 pounds, as Kasey Garnhart took on No. 17 Josh Kindig. Garnhart dropped an 8-3 decision to Kindig, and Oklahoma State took a 3-0 lead in the dual.
No. 17 Cole Dallaserra then dropped a 6-1 decision to seventh-ranked Jamal Parks at 149 pounds, and Jimmy Belleville suffered a 10-1 major decision loss to No. 17 Neil Erisman at 157 pounds. After the first three matches, Oklahoma State had a 10-0 team lead.
No. 4 Shane Onufer had a 2-0 lead heading into the third period, but got caught by No. 12 Dallas Bailey late in the last period and lost a 6-3 decision in the 165-pound match. It was Onufer's second loss of the weekend after starting the season 25-0. After that, Patrick Martinez lost an 8-5 decision to No. 14 Mike Benefiel in the 174-pound match.
No. 5 Joe LeBlanc gave Wyoming its lone win of the dual at 184 pounds, as he defeated No. 10 Chris Perry in a hard-fought 4-3 decision. LeBlanc's win, his 21st of the year, made the team score Oklahoma 16, Wyoming 3.
L.J. Helbig was pinned at the 2:12 mark by No. 3 Clayton Foster in the 197-pound match, and Matthew McLaughlin lost to Blake Rosholt in a 4-2 decision at the heavyweight level. Oklahoma State led 25-3 after the heavyweight bout.
No. 15 Michael Martinez lost to No. 8 Jon Morrison in a 10-1 major decision, and the last match of the day pitted No. 18 Tyler Cox against first-ranked Jordan Oliver. But Oklahoma State won again, as it was Oliver who took a 16-0 technical fall win.
Wyoming has one regular season dual remaining, a Feb. 20 matchup on the road at Northern Iowa.
"When you wrestle good teams, it exposes a ton of areas," Branch said. "We looked really vulnerable on bottom. Those things will beat you in the end. We learned a lot and those are things we better get fixed."
UW-Oklahoma State wrestling
(Wyoming wrestlers listed first)
125 pounds: No. 15 Michael Martinez lost to No. 8 Jon Morrison in a 10-1 major decision.
133: No. 18 Tyler Cox lost to No. 1 Jordan Oliver in a 16-0 technical fall.
141: Kasey Garnhart lost to No. 17 Josh Kindig in an 8-3 decision.
149: No. 17 Cole Dallaserra lost to No. 7 Jamal Parks in a 6-1 decision.
157: Jimmy Belleville lost to No. 16 Neil Erisman in a 10-1 major decision.
165: No. 4 Shane Onufer lost to No. 12 Dallas Bailey in a 6-3 decision.
174: Patrick Martinez lost to No. 14 Mike Benefiel in an 8-5 decision.
184: No. 5 Joe LeBlanc defeated No. 10 Chris Perry in a 4-3 decision.
197: L.J. Helbig lost to No. 3 Clayton Foster with a pin at the 2:12 mark.
285: Matthew McLaughlin lost to Blake Rosholt in a 4-2 decision.