TROY, N.Y. -
Victories in 27 of 30 matches paced the University of Wyoming wrestling team to one of the more dominant days in recent memory Saturday, as the Cowboys went 3-0 in the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals.
Wyoming (3-2 overall) and head coach Mark Branch gained some crucial momentum after beginning the season with two dual losses. The Pokes began with a 39-0 win over Buffalo and added a 33-0 win over Binghamton. The notable win came in the second dual of the day, when UW overpowered No. 21 Old Dominion in a 24-10 upset. The Cowboys were victorious in all but three matches for the day, including seven bonus-point wins.
"It was nice to win 27 out of 30 (matches)," Branch said. "Our team found out what they are capable of with the right attitude and mindset. We haven't shut out a team in a long time so to do it twice and have some upsets in there was special. We wrestled an inspired match against a tough Old Dominion team and it was necessary."
Branch improved his dual record to 66-30 in seven seasons, just the fifth coach in UW history to post more than 65 victories. Branch accomplished that thanks to some notable wins from the competitors under his tutelage. Sophomore Cole Mendenhall earned the biggest win of his career by toppling No. 8 Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) in a 5-3 decision in sudden victory at 141 pounds. He added two more wins to go 3-0 in the event.
Junior heavyweight Tanner Harms aided the cause, outworking two ranked opponents on his way to a 2-0 mark. Harms took out 18th-ranked Jacob Henderson of Old Dominion in a 2-0 decision, following up with a 9-6 win over No. 12 Tyler Deuel of Binghamton in the day's last match. It was Harms' third victory over a ranked foe this year.
"Tanner looked composed in picking up two nice wins over ranked opponents," Branch said.
Wyoming's Tyler Cox (ranked No. 9) tallied two narrow victories over ranked wrestlers to finish 3-0 for the event at 125 pounds. He upended Buffalo's Max Soria, who was 14th at 125 pounds. Cox entered the third period down 12-5, but reeled off 12 points to tie things up at 17-all at the end of regulation. Cox secured a takedown in the sudden-victory period to win a wild 19-17 affair. Against Old Dominion, he finished on a scoring move with just seconds to go for the 10-9 decision against 17th-ranked Brandon Jeske.
Six Cowboys were unbeaten at 3-0, including Cox, sophomore Drew Templeman (133 pounds), Mendenhall, redshirt freshman Archie Colgan (157), senior Andy McCulley (174) and senior Shane Woods at 197. Three Cowboys went 2-1, including sophomore Jake Elliott (149), senior Dakota Friesth (165), sophomore Benjamin Stroh at 184. Senior heavyweight Leland Pfeifer was 1-0 in his only action, a 23-9 major decision against Buffalo.
"The team, overall, showed toughness on top, which is new for us this season," Branch added. "Our last two weeks of training have been the hardest. They have tested us mentally and physically but they have made us better and the guys need to see that. It's more enjoyable to learn more about ourselves in a victory."
The Cowboys will have a week off from competition and return to the mats to face Air Force on Dec. 11 in Laramie.
Wyoming 39, Buffalo 0
125 pounds: #10/9/13 Tyler Cox dec. #NR/NR/14 Max Soria (UB), 19-17 SV1 / Wyoming 3, Buffalo 0
133: Drew Templeman dec. Sean Peacock (UB), 3-2 / Wyoming 6, Buffalo 0
141: Cole Mendenhall dec. Jason Estevez (UB), 10-8 / Wyoming 9, Buffalo 0
149: Jake Elliott dec. Justin Cooksey (UB), 6-1 / Wyoming 12, Buffalo 0
157: Archie Colgan dec. Wally Maziarz (UB), 3-2 / Wyoming 15, Buffalo 0
165: #19/19/NR Dakota Friesth tech. fall (5:58) Ryan Therrien (UB), 19-3 / Wyoming 20, Buffalo 0
174: Andy McCulley fall (5:36) Muhamid McBryde (UB) / Wyoming 26, Buffalo 0
184: #16/17/17 Benjamin Stroh fall (5:35) Tony Lock (UB) / Wyoming 32, Buffalo 0
197: #17/16/14 Shane Woods dec. Joe Ariola (UB), 4-0 / Wyoming 35, Buffalo 0
285: Leland Pfeifer maj. dec. Ian James (UB), 23-9 / Wyoming 39, Buffalo 0
Wyoming 24, No. 21 Old Dominion 10
125 pounds: #10/9/13 Tyler Cox dec. #17/NR/NR Brandon Jeske (ODU), 10-9 / Wyoming 3, Old Dominion 0
133: Drew Templeman dec. Michael Hayes (ODU), 3-1 / Wyoming 6, Old Dominion 0
141: Cole Mendenhall dec. #8/8/11 Chris Mecate (ODU), 5-3 SV1 / Wyoming 9, Old Dominion 0
149: #11/10/13 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Jake Elliott, 2-1 / Wyoming 9, Old Dominion 3
157: Archie Colgan fall (5:20) T.C. Warner (ODU) / Wyoming 15, Old Dominion 3
165: Tristan Warner (ODU) maj. dec. #19/19/NR Dakota Friesth, 13-2 / Wyoming 15, Old Dominion 7
174: Andy McCulley dec. Austin Coburn (ODU), 5-4 / Wyoming 18, Old Dominion 7
184: #5/4/6 Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. #16/17/17 Benjamin Stroh, 7-4 / Wyoming 18, Old Dominion 10
197: #17/16/14 Shane Woods dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU), 4-2 / Wyoming 21, Old Dominion 10
285: #NR/NR/20 Tanner Harms dec. #18/NR/NR Jacob Henderson (ODU), 2-0 / Wyoming 24, Old Dominion 10
Wyoming 33, Binghamton 0
125 pounds: #10/9/13 Tyler Cox tech. fall (2:00) Thierno Diallo (BU), 19-4 / Wyoming 5, Binghamton 0
133: Drew Templeman dec. David White (BU), 4-2 / Wyoming 8, Binghamton 0
141: Cole Mendenhall dec. Dylan Caruana (BU), 5-3 / Wyoming 11, Binghamton 0
149: Jake Elliott dec. Brian Conrad (BU), 10-4 / Wyoming 14, Binghamton 0
157: Archie Colgan dec. Vincent Deprez (BU), 3-1 / Wyoming 17, Binghamton 0
165: #19/19/NR Dakota Friesth maj. dec. Zack Zupan (BU), 17-5 / Wyoming 21, Binghamton 0
174: Andy McCulley dec. Steve Schneider (BU), 3-0 / Wyoming 24, Binghamton 0
184: #16/17/17 Benjamin Stroh dec. Jack McKeever (BU), 2-0 / Wyoming 27, Binghamton 0
197: #17/16/14 Shane Woods dec. Caleb Wallace (BU), 5-3 / Wyoming 30, Binghamton 0
285: #NR/NR/20 Tanner Harms dec. #17/NR/12 Tyler Deuel (BU), 9-6 / Wyoming 33, Binghamton 0
Rankings based on most recent InterMat/FloWrestling/Amateur Wrestling News polls.