Cowboys Host No. 12 Oklahoma in Big 12 Dual

Jan. 7, 2016


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The University of Wyoming wrestling team will square off against a ranked opponent for the fourth-straight dual when the Cowboys (1-3 overall, 1-2 Big 12) host Oklahoma (5-2 overall, 1-1 Big 12) on Saturday evening in the UniWyo Sports Complex. The Cowboys have found recent success against the Sooners winning three-of the-last four duals dating back to the 2011-12 season.

Saturday's dual set for a 7 p.m. MT start will be part of Alumni Weekend as the program will honor 40 former Cowboys before the dual. Fans can follow the action on of watch with a subscription to FloWrestling.

A Look at Wyoming

A quartet of Cowboys find themselves in the national rankings. Junior Drew Templeman is ranked 15th by Intermat Wrestling. Templeman is also ranked 15th by FloWrestling and 15th by Amateur Wrestling News. Sophomore Bryce Meredith is ranked 13th by Intermat Wrestling and ranked 14th by FloWrestling. He is ranked 13th by Amateur Wrestling News. Senior heavyweight Tanner Harms is ranked 18th by Intermat Wrestling. Harms moved into the FloWrestling ranking coming in at 18th and also ranks 19th by Amateur Wrestling News. Junior Benjamin Stroh is ranked 18th at 174 pounds by The Open Mat.

The Cowboys are coming off the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Cowboys finished 21st in the 29-team field with 29.5 points. Wyoming was paced by Meredith and Archie Colgan with both wrestlers earning spots in the quarterfinals. Colgan opened the tournament with a win over unattached wrestler Alec Donovan. He followed that up with his win over No. 12 Dylan Cottrell of West Virginia winning by decision, 4-2. It was Colgan's first win over a ranked opponent in his career with the Cowboys. Meredith went 2-2 at the tournament including his tournament opening pin 0:38 seconds into the match against Evan Botwin of Duke. It was the third-fastest pin this season for the Cowboys.

A Look at Oklahoma

The Sooners head to Laramie ranked 12th in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches' Poll. Oklahoma is 5-2 overall and 1-1 against members of the Big 12. OU's lineup features five ranked wrestlers with third-ranked and defending national champion at 133 pounds Cody Brewer leading the way. OU's Clark Glass is ranked as high as ninth in the country at 165 pounds. Other ranked wrestlers include Ross Larson (285 pounds), Matt Reed (174 pounds) and Ryan Milhof (125 pounds).

He Said it

"It will be good to be back home," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "We haven't had a lot of duals this season and it will be good to wrestle some teams in the conference."

"There is a lot going on this weekend, but the focus is for us to keep getting better," Branch said. "We want to come out and wrestle well and make some steps forward."

Series History Against Oklahoma

The Cowboys have had recent success against the Sooners as of late winning three of the last four duals. The Cowboys defeated OU 18-16 in Norman, Okla., a season ago. The Sooners took the last meeting in Laramie in 2014 by a tally of 33-9. Oklahoma leads the all-time series against the Cowboys 15-3-2 in a series that dates back to 1955.

Projected Lineups

125: #15/15/15 Drew Templeman (12-4) vs. #17/14/16 Ryan Milhof (OU)

133: P.T. Garcia (8-8) vs. #3/3/3/ Cody Brewer (OU)

141: #13/14/13 Bryce Meredith (14-3) vs. Trae Blackwell or Noah Teaney (OU)

149: Jake Elliott (6-8) or Cole Mendenhall (11-4) vs. Davion Jeffries (OU)

157: Archie Colgan (12-6) vs. Brock Wingbermuehle or Shayne Tucker (OU)

165: Chaz Polson (14-10) or Kyle Pope (14-10) vs. #15/9/NR Clark Glass (OU)

174: Benjamin Stroh (10-8) vs. #NR/NR/19 Matt Reed (OU)

184: Luke Paine (14-8) vs. Lance Dixon (OU)

197: Brandon Tribble (10-10) or Nate Shaw (5-6) vs. Brad Johnson (OU)

285: #18/18/19 Tanner Harms (10-2) vs. #12/14/14 Ross Larson (OU)

Rankings based on InterMat/FloWrestling/Amateur Wrestling News polls.