Stroh and Cox Pace Pokes In CKLV Invite

Dec. 7, 2013


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Two Cowboys placed in the top six of their respective weight classes as the University of Wyoming wrestling team wrapped up action in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday. The Pokes finished with 46 points, good for 14th place out of 33 teams.

Redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh was the highest UW finisher, placing fifth at 184 pounds in his CKLV Invite debut. Stroh, ranked 18th in the nation, won four matches over two days. Stroh won three matches Friday to head to Saturday's championship semifinals, only to lose two of his next three bouts.

Junior Tyler Cox, ranked sixth, wrestled his way into the 125-pound championship semifinals Saturday, but suffered his first loss of the season to fifth-ranked Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma), followed by losses to the 20th- and seventh-ranked wrestlers in the nation to finish sixth.

Juniors Brandon Richardson (149), Dakota Friesth (165) and Shane Woods (197) wrestled into the second day, but each lost their first match Saturday to end their tournament run.

"This is a real high-level, premier event and is somewhat similar to NCAA tournament," Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. "Every match is extremely tough and challenging. We just didn't make anything special happen. I felt like we wrestled hard physically but there was not enough belief that we could win. They aren't showing the mental toughness they need to right now. We have to believe in our training and program. It's a challenging time for our team, but a lot of that is having a young team with a tough schedule."

The Cowboys get back to dual action next weekend as they host No. 4 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Arena-Auditorium.

Match-by-match results
Junior Tyler Cox, 125 pounds (3-3), Sixth place
Round 1: Cox maj. dec. Vincent Moita (Brown), 16-4
Round 2: Cox dec. Scott Delvecchio (Rutgers), 9-4
Championships quarterfinals: Cox fall (6:09) Nick Roberts (Ohio State)
Championship semifinals: No. 5 Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma) dec. Cox, 9-2
Consolation semifinals: No. 20 David Terao (American) maj. dec. Cox, 11-3
Fifth/sixth-place match: No. 7 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) dec. Cox, 15-13

Redshirt freshman Drew Templeman, 133 pounds (1-2)
Round 1: Greg Rinker (Air Force) dec. Templeman, 6-4
Consolation round 1: Templeman dec. Tim Urenda (Colorado State-Pueblo), 9-2
Consolation round 2: Jose Mendoza (CSU Bakersfield) maj. dec. Templeman, 14-4

Redshirt freshman Cole Mendenhall, 141 pounds (1-2)
Round 1: Mendenhall fall (0:56) Colton Shorts (Cal Poly)
Round 2: No. 20 Anthony Abidin (Nebraska) dec. Mendenhall, 10-6
Consolation round 2: Gabe Moreno (Iowa State) dec. Mendenhall, 5-3

Junior Brandon Richardson, 149 pounds (3-2)
Round 1: Brian Hamann (N.C. State) dec. Richardson, 3-0
Consolation round 1: Richardson dec. Trevor Willson (Utah Valley), 2-1
Consolation round 2: Richardson fall (5:00) Ken Theobold (Rutgers)
Consolation round 3: Richardson dec. Gunner Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa), 9-3
Consolation quarterfinals: Ian Paddock (Ohio State) dec. Richardson, 6-1

Junior Andy McCulley, 157 pounds (2-2)
Round 1: McCulley tech. fall Dixon Richins (Western Wyoming), 17-1
Round 2: Brian Murphy (Michigan) dec. McCulley, 7-5 SV1
Consolation round 2: McCulley med. def. Jarrett Jensen (Northern Iowa)
Consolation round 3: Paul Hancock (Army) dec. McCulley, 11-10

Junior Dakota Friesth, 165 pounds (3-2)
Round 1: Friesth maj. dec. Sohrab Movahedi (Cal Poly), 8-0
Round 2: No. 16 Cooper Moore (Northern Iowa) dec. Friesth, 6-2
Consolation round 2: Friesth maj. dec. Vincent Aboytes (San Francisco State), 12-4
Consolation round 3: Friesth maj. dec. David Meza (CSU Bakersfield), 16-2
Consolation quarterfinals: No. 18 Austin Wilson (Nebraska) dec. Friesth, 9-5

Redshirt freshman Brent Havlik, 174 pounds (1-2)
Round 1: Eric Morris (Harvard) dec. Havlik, 8-2
Consolation round 1: Havlik dec. Richard McDonald (Brown), 3-2
Consolation round 2: No. 17 Cody Caldwell (Northern Iowa) dec. Havlik, 6-0

Redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh, 184 pounds (4-2), Fifth place
Round 1: Stroh fall (2:39) Jack Duane (The Citadel)
Round 2: Stroh dec. Cameron Croy (Harvard), 4-0
Championship quarterfinals: Stroh maj. dec. Kyle Lux (Northern Iowa), 17-3
Championship semifinals: Timothy Dudley (Nebraska) maj. dec. Stroh, 18-9
Consolation semifinals: No. 14 Ophir Bernstein (Brown) maj. dec. Stroh, 10-2
Fifth/sixth-place match: Stroh med. forfeit No. 5 Jake Swartz (Boise State)

Junior Shane Woods, 197 pounds (2-2)
Round 1: Woods maj. dec. Andrew Reggi (San Francisco State), 11-1
Round 2: Woods dec. Basil Minto (Northern Iowa), 2-0
Championship quarterfinals: No. 2 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) dec. Woods, 5-1
Consolation quarterfinals: Christopher Heald (Michigan) maj. dec. Woods, 10-1

Junior Leland Pfeifer, 285 pounds (0-2)
Round 1: No. 19 Adam Coon (Michigan) fall (2:12) Pfeifer
Consolation round 1: Spencer Empey (Cal Poly) dec. Pfeifer, 7-3