WWC Wrestler of the Week Honor Goes to UW's Onufer

Jan. 12, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming Cowboy sophomore 165-pounder Shane Onufer (Auburn, Wash./Auburn HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference's Wrestler of the Week as announced today by the league.

After missing a month due to a knee injury, No. 9-ranked Onufer was back in the Cowboy lineup last week at 165 pounds and won both his matches in dominating fashion against North Carolina State and Oregon State.

Against the Wolfpack, Onufer set the tone for an 11-point team comeback win by sticking Ray Ward to the mat at 4:35 in the second period of their match. The win by fall was his fifth this season and 19th of his two-year career. Onufer controlled the match from the start and led 9-2 at the time of his pin, thanks to three takedowns, a two-point nearfall and an escape. Against the No. 24-ranked Beavers, Onufer earned a 12-4 major decision over Dan Brascetta, his fifth decision by eight or more points this season. He now has a 16-4 overall record this season.

The weekly league honor for Onufer is his second this season, the other coming on Dec. 8, and the third of his career.

The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

Other Nominees:
North Dakota State - Tyler Johnson, So., 165 pounds, Bismarck, N.D. (Bismarck HS)
Northern Colorado - Justin Gonzales, Fr., 149 pounds, Greeley, Colo. (Northridge HS)
Northern Iowa - Terrance Young, Jr., 125 pounds, Minneapolis, Minn. (Iowa Central CC)
Utah Valley - Jeb Clark, Jr., 165 pounds, Spanish Fork, Utah (Spanish Fork HS)

2009-10 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 10 - Tyler Sorenson (South Dakota State)
Nov. 17 - Michael Martinez (Wyoming)
Nov. 24 - Ben Kjar (Utah Valley)
Dec. 1 - Kenny Hashimoto (Northern Colorado)
Dec. 8 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Dec. 15 - Justin Gaethje (Northern Colorado)
Dec. 22 - Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Jan. 5 - Ben Kjar (Utah Valley)
Jan. 12 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)