Nov. 17, 2012
KEARNEY, Neb. -
The Wyoming wrestlers walked away with several weight-class titles Saturday in the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open, as UW boasted seven tournament champions.
Winners in the Elite brackets included sophomore Zach Zehner at 133 pounds, sophomore Andy McCulley at 157, senior Alfonso Hernandez at 197 and redshirt freshman Tanner Harms at heavyweight. The Cowboys also excelled in the Amateur brackets, as true freshmen Drew Templeman (125), Cole Mendenhall (141) and Benjamin Stroh (184) all came away with tournament crowns.
Zehner and Templeman each won their third tournaments of the year, while McCulley, Hernandez, Mendenhall and Stroh each came out on top for the second time this season.
Zehner, who has competed unattached in each event this year, is unbeaten this season (11-0), along with Templeman, who now is 13-0. Hernandez also has an unblemished record, racking up a 10-0 mark, including nine bonus-point victories.
Other highlights included top-six finishes from sophomore Tyler Cox (125), redshirt freshman Alex Baca (125), senior McCade Ford (141), redshirt freshman Austin Breckenridge (141), sophomore Brandon Richardson (149), sophomore Dakota Friesth (157), senior L.J. Helbig (174), sophomore Shane Woods (184), along with true freshmen Dylan Schumacher (133) and Brent Havlik (165).
Next up, the Pokes will head to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open
125 pounds: Tyler Cox, 2-2, Fourth; Alex Baca, 2-3, Sixth
133: Zach Zehner, 5-0, First; Kasey Garnhart, 3-2; Sean O'Leary, 2-2; Jake Eitzen, 0-2
141: McCade Ford, 4-2, Fifth; Austin Breckenridge, 3-3, Sixth; Kyle Komata, 0-2
149: Brandon Richardson, 3-2, Fourth; Robert Stroh, 0-2
157: Andy McCulley, 4-0, First; Dakota Friesth, 3-2, Fourth
174: L.J. Helbig, 4-1, Third
184: Shane Woods, 3-1, Second
197: Alfonso Hernandez, 4-0, First
285: Tanner Harms, 4-0, First
125 pounds: Drew Templeman, 5-0, First
133: Dylan Schumacher, 7-1, Third
141: Cole Mendenhall, 5-0, First; Cole Ford, 1-2
149: Jake Elliott, 2-2; Tanner Miller, 1-2
165: Brent Havlik, 4-2, Fifth
184: Benjamin Stroh, 4-0, First
285: Jordan Hanson, 2-2