Three Cowboys Punch Their Tickets to the NCAA Championship

March 6, 2016


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Senior Tanner Harms finished second at 285 pounds securing a spot at his second NCAA Championship on the final day of the Big 12 Championship in the Spring Center in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday. Sophomore Bryce Meredith finished third with junior Drew Templeman finishing fourth, as both wrestlers secured spots to their first NCAA Championship.

Oklahoma State walked away with their fourth-straight Big 12 Conference title with 157 points. Oklahoma finished second with 100 points with Iowa State in third and South Dakota State in fourth. The Pokes finished fifth with 71.5 points.

"It was a great event and I have a lot on my mind, but I'm proud of the guys that made it to the NCAA Championship," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "We had guys that wrestled above what they were seeded and had some guys come up short. You would like a perfect tournament, but that is always tough to do."

Harms fell to the top-seeded Austin Marsden of Oklahoma State by decision 6-3 in the finals. Harms earned a spot to the NCAA Championship becoming the first Cowboy heavyweight to earn multiple NCAA Championship bids that did not also play football at Wyoming.

"Tanner made us proud and just got a little outgunned in the finals, but mentally he had a great tournament after a nice win in the semifinals," Branch said.

Meredith (141 pounds) picked up two wins on the day. He earned his third place finish with a pin 28 seconds into his match against Trae Blackwell of Oklahoma. It was the fastest pin by any Cowboy wrestler this season. He defeated Anthony DeAngelo of West Virginia by decision 8-4 to open his day.

Templeman went 1-1 on the day finishing fourth in the highly contest weight class of 125 pounds. He defeated Chasen Tolbert of Utah Valley in a 6-4 decision in the consolation semifinals. He then fell to Josh Rodriquez of North Dakota State in the third place match by major decision 12-4. It will be his first trip to the NCAA Championship.

"I like that we are healthy getting out of here and now it's time to really focus on the mental aspect of the NCAA Championship," Branch said.

Junior Cole Mendenhall finished fourth at 149 pounds just missing out on an NCAA berth. He fell to Clay Ream of North Dakota State in the third place match. Mendenhall fell short in the match 8-6. He earned a win over second seeded Alex Kocer of South Dakota State in the consolation semifinals. Mendenhall defeated Kocer by decision 9-6 in the match after adding an insurance takedown in the closing seconds.

Sophomore Archie Colgan went 1-1 on the day finishing fifth at 157 pounds. He fell in the consolation semifinals to Dylan Cottrell of West Virginia by decision 4-2. He won the fifth place match with a first period pin of Logan Breitenbach of Iowa State. He will be a possible at-large selection to the NCAA Championship.

Junior Benjamin Stroh (184 pounds) made a solid run in the consolation bracket before falling to third seeded Jacob Scheffel of West Virginia by decision. He earned a fifth place finish with his 11-4 decision over Brady Ayers of South Dakota state to wrap up the tournament. For the two days, Stroh went 4-2.

After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 9. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition, qualifying event placement, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, RPI, coaches ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.


Wyoming Results

125: Drew Templeman (2-2) -4th (NCAA Qualifier)
Quarterfinals: Josh Rodriquez (NDSU) dec. (9-2) over Templeman
2nd Round Consolation: Templeman dec. (6-2) over Drew Romero (AFA)
Consolation Semis: Templeman dec. (6-4) over Chasen Tolbert (UVU)
Third Place: Rodriquez Major dec. (12-4) over Templeman

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 (3-1) -3rd (NCAA Qualifier)
Quarterfinals: Meredith dec. (14-7) over Dylan Hyder (AFA)
Semifinals: Seth Gross (SDSU) dec. (8-3) over Meredith
Consolation Semis: Meredith dec. (8-4) over Anthony DeAngelo (WVU)
Third-place: Meredith Fall (0:29) over Trae Blackwell (OU)

149: Cole Mendenhall (2-2) -4th
Quarterfinals: Timmy Box (UNC) dec. (15-14) over Mendenhall
2nd Round Consolation: Mendenhall dec. (8-6) over Jerry McGinity (AFA)
Consolation Semis: Mendenhall dec (9-6) over Alex Kocer (SDSU)
Third Place: Clay Ream (NDSU) dec. (8-6) over Mendenhall

157: Archie Colgan (2-2) - 5th
Quarterfinals: Colgan major dec. (14-3) Logan Breitenbach (ISU)
Semifinals: Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. (3-2) over Colgan
Consolation Semis: Dylan Cottrell (WVU) dec. (4-2) over Colgan
Fifth Place: Colgan Fall (1:52) over Logan Breitenbach (ISU)

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 (4-2) -5th
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)
Consolation Semis: Jacob Scheffel (WVU) dec. (13-7) over Stroh
Fifth Place: Stroh dec. (11-4) over Brady Ayers (SDSU)

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 (2-1) - 2nd (NCAA Qualifier)
Quarterfinals: Harms Major dec. (9-0) over Joe Scanlan (ISU)
Semifinals: Harms dec. (8-6) over Ross Larson (OU)
Finals: Austin Marsden dec. (6-3) over Harms