LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the second time in as many days, senior Tyler Cox upended a ranked opponent on his way to the Cowboy Open wrestling tournament title Saturday in War Memorial Fieldhouse.
Cox defeated 11th-ranked Tim Lambert of Nebraska in the 125-pound final, grinding out a 5-2 victory. The duo also met Friday in the UW-Nebraska dual, with Cox coming away with a 7-4 win.
Cox, who became a four-time Cowboy Open finalist and three-time champ, now is 3-0 for the season, including 1-0 in Western Wrestling Conference action. Ranked eighth in the nation, the senior defeated WWC foe Trey Andrews (Northern Colorado) in his first bout of the day, dominating a 12-4 major decision.
Additionally, Wyoming took home runner-up finishes from sophomore Drew Templeman (133), sophomore Cole Mendenhall (141), sophomore Jake Elliott (149), redshirt freshman Archie Colgan (157) and junior Tanner Harms at heavyweight.
"It was a tough situation, battling Nebraska (on Friday) and coming in today and having to make weight two days in a row," Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. "I'm proud of the way we wrestled. There were some letdowns, but overall, I thought we had more fight. We had some good things and bad things. I'm proud of Tyler, finishing out with his last Cowboy Open title. We have a lot to work on, but I didn't see guys dropping their heads."
Harms had his best day as a Cowboy, going 2-1, including an upset of No. 15 Collin Jensen of Nebraska. Harms used a relentless attack to seize control of the match, finally pinning Jensen at the 5:38 mark. It was Harms' first victory over a ranked opponent in six tries.
Seniors Andy McCulley (174) and Shane Woods (197) fought back from early losses to finish third in their respective brackets, along with sophomore Benjamin Stroh, who was third at 184. Sophomore Gunnar Woodburn (125) placed fourth.
In the Amateur brackets, freshman P.T. Garcia went 4-0 with two falls to win the 133-pound title. He was named Outstanding Wrestler among amateur competitors. Fellow rookie Branson Ashworth (149) was second, while freshman Sam Eagan was fourth at heavyweight.
The Cowboys will get back at it next weekend, hosting the top team in the land Saturday. No. 1 Minnesota will battle the Pokes in Laramie in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Matches begin at 5:30 p.m.
Drew Templeman: 2-1, Second place
Cole Mendenhall: 3-1, Second place
Dakota Friesth: 2-2
Benjamin Stroh: 4-1, Third place
Brock George: 0-2
P.T. Garcia: 4-0, First place
Branson Ashworth: 4-1, Second place