March 5, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -
A third period takedown in the semifinal match lifted senior heavyweight Tanner Harms to the finals of the Big 12 Championship on a busy opening day in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. on Saturday. Harms will be the only Cowboy in the finals with five other Pokes still alive for births to the NCAA Championship.
Oklahoma State holds the top spot in the team standings with 140.5 points. Iowa State is in second place with 72 points with Oklahoma with third 70.5 points. South Dakota State is in fourth with 68.5 points and the Cowboys in fifth with 51 points.
"It is a tough tournament and I was pleased with the way we finished the day," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "Things started going south for us with some tough matches. When you get to this level sometimes things don't go your way or you just don't wrestle hard enough and we saw a little bit of everything all day."
Harms earned a bid to the finals with his 8-6 decision over second-seeded Ross Larson of Oklahoma. Harms got off to a fast start in the match, but the tide was turned by Larson with a reversal and nearfall. The two battled till late in the third when Harms shot on a Larson mistake for the two-point takedown and the win. Harms earned a spot to the semifinals with a win over Joe Scanlan of Iowa State to open the tournament. Harms did most of his damage in third and final period. Harms will face Austin Marsden of Oklahoma State in the finals.
"Tanner wrestled very well today and that was nice to see after being a little shell shocked last season," Branch said. "We are at a much bigger event this season and it was great to see him go out there and show great effort in a tough environment."
Sophomore Bryce Meredith made the semifinals as the second seed at 141 pounds before falling to South Dakota State's third seeded Seth Gross by decision 8-3. Gross fought off several shot attempts by Meredith in the match including a few in the closing minute. Meredith defeated Dylan Hyder in the quarterfinals by decision 8-7. He will wrestle in the consolation semifinals tomorrow against Tony DeAngelo of West Virginia.
Sophomore Archie Colgan (157 pounds) also made the semifinals falling to top seeded Cody Pack of South Dakota State. Colgan battled Pack with a chance to take the lead late falling by decision 3-2. He won his quarterfinal match by major decision 14-3 over Logan Breitenbach of Iowa State. In the consolation semifinals he will face Dylan Cottrell of West Virginia.
Three other Cowboys will see action tomorrow. Junior Benjamin Stroh earned a pair of first period pins in the consolation bracket of 184 pounds to earn a spot in the consolation semifinals against Jacob Scheffel of West Virginia. Stroh's pin came 1:09 into the contest against Horacio Vialpando of Northern Colorado and scored a pin 1:55 into his match with Anthony McLaughlin of Air Force.
Junior Drew Templeman (125 pounds) opened the championship with a 9-2 loss to Josh Rodriquez of North Dakota State. He followed that up with a 6-2 decision over Drew Romero of Air Force to earn a spot in the consolation semifinals. He will meet up with Chasen Tolbert of Utah Valley to open the morning session.
Junior Cole Mendenhall will wrestle in the consolation semifinals at 149 pounds against Alex Kocer of South Dakota State. Mendenhall fell short in the quarterfinals falling to Timmy Box of UNC by a score of 15-14, as Box held off a late flurry by Mendenhall. He defeated Jerry McGinity of Air Force in the second round of the consolation by a score of 8-6 after a takedown with five seconds left in the final stanza.
Four Cowboys saw their season's end on Saturday. Senior Jace Jensen went 0-2 on the day along with freshman Drake Foster. Junior Brandon Tribble and sophomore Chaz Polson went 1-2 on the afternoon. Polson earned a pin in his opening match and almost pulled an upset of second seeded Tanner Weatherman in the quarterfinals.
"We have to be fighters in the consolation bracket and we have to show up tomorrow and change their season," Branch said.
The Cowboys return to the mat tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. MT with the consolation semifinals. The finals are set to take place at noon MT and will air live on Root Sports and the Fox Sports Go App.
125: Drew Templeman (1-1)
Quarterfinals: Josh Rodriquez (NDSU) dec. (9-2) over Templeman
2nd Round Consolation: Templeman dec. (6-2) over Drew Romero (AFA)
133: Drake Foster (0-2)
Preliminaries: Keegan Moore (WVU) major dec. (13-2) over Foster
1st Round Consolation: Rico Montoya (UNC) major dec. (10-2) over Foster
141: Bryce Meredith (1-1)
Quarterfinals: Meredith dec. (14-7) over Dylan Hyder (AFA)
Semifinals: Seth Gross (SDSU) dec. (8-3) over Meredith
149: Cole Mendenhall (1-1)
Quarterfinals: Timmy Box (UNC) dec. (15-14) over Mendenhall
2nd Round Consolation: Mendenhall dec. (8-6) over Jerry McGinity (AFA)
157: Archie Colgan (1-1)
Quarterfinals: Colgan major dec. (14-3) Logan Breitenbach (ISU)
Semifinals: Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. (3-2) over Colgan
165: Chaz Polson (1-2)
Preliminaries: Polson fall (1:29) over Humphreys (UVU)
Quarterfinals: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) dec. (11-8) over Polson
1st Round Consolation: Michael Billingsley (AFA) dec. (10-8 SV-1) over Polson
174: Jace Jensen (0-2)
Preliminaries: Blake Thompson (NDSU) dec. (4-3) over Jensen
1st Round Consolation: Adam Jackson (AFA) dec. (5-2) over Jensen
184: Benjamin Stroh (3-1)
Preliminaries: Stroh dec. (8-3) over Will Sumner (UVU)
Quarterfinals: Hayden Zilmer (NDSU) fall (2:06) over Stroh
1st Round Consolation: Stroh Fall (1:09) over Horacio Vilapando (UNC)
2nd Round Consolation: Stroh Fall (1:55) over Anthony McLaughlin (AFA)
197: Brandon Tribble (1-2)
Preliminaries: Tribble dec. (3-2) over John Paxton (NDSU)
Quarterfinals: Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. (8-2) over Tribble
1st Round Consolation: Brad Johnson (OU) dec. (4-2) over Tribble
285: Tanner Harms (2-0)
Quarterfinals: Harms Major dec. (9-0) over Joe Scanlan (ISU)
Semifinals: Harms dec. (8-6) over Ross Larson (OU)