Pokes Head to Pac-12 Foes No. 23 Oregon State and Boise State

Jan. 14, 2016


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The Wyoming Cowboys hit the road this weekend for a pair of duals at Pac-12 foes No. 23 Oregon State and Boise State. The Pokes head to the 23rd-ranked Beavers on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. MT. UW wraps up the road trip on Sunday with another 1 p.m. MT dual at Boise State.

Saturday's dual can be seen on the Pac-12 Network with Jason Knapp with the play-by-play and former NCAA Champion Anthony Robles on color. Sunday's dual at Boise State will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network. Fans can follow all the action live on trackwrestling.com.

A Look at Wyoming

A trio of Cowboys find themselves in the national rankings. Junior Drew Templeman is ranked 15th by Intermat Wrestling. Templeman is also ranked 16th by FloWrestling and 16th by Amateur Wrestling News. Sophomore Bryce Meredith is ranked 14th by Intermat Wrestling and ranked 12th by Flowrestling. He is ranked 12th by Amateur Wrestling News. Senior heavyweight Tanner Harms is ranked 18th by Intermat Wrestling. Harms moved into the FloWrestling rankings coming at 19th and also ranks 18th by Amateur Wrestling News.

University of Wyoming head coach Mark Branch isn't afraid to wrestle against some of the best teams in the country. He proved that again this season as the Pokes will face off against their fifth-straight ranked opponent on Saturday afternoon against No. 23 Oregon State. It is the second time in the Branch's tenure at UW that the Cowboys have wrestled ranked foes in five-straight duals, the first of which was in 2013-14. The Pokes are 0-4 against those ranked teams this season. Juniors Benjamin Stroh and Cole Mendenhall are the only Cowboys on this season's roster to have wrestled in all five of those duals in 2013-14.

A Look at Oregon State

The Beavers moved back into the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll coming in at 23rd with a 4-4 overall record. Oregon State's lineup features four ranked wrestlers. OSU is led by No. 6 Ronnie Bresser at 125 pounds, as he is 18-5 on the season. No. 19 Joey Palmer at 133 pounds ranks as high as 19th in the country. The Beaver's upper weights are also strong with 197 pounder Cody Crawford ranking No. 18 by Amateur Wrestling News. Heavyweight Amarveer Dhesi is ranked 10th in nation with a 15-3 record.

A Look at Boise State

The Broncos head into Sunday's dual with a 2-2 overall record. Boise state has not been in action since the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 20, as 149 pounder Geordan Martinez won an individual title. He is ranked as high as 13th in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News sporting an 18-5 record. The Broncos Taylor West at 165 pounds has also had a solid season with a 12-9 record.

Series History against Oregon State and Boise State

The Cowboys and the Beavers have met 28 times with Oregon State holding a record of 20-8 over the Pokes. Wyoming and the Broncos have met 26 times with Boise State holding a 13-12 edge in the series with one tie. Head coach Mark Branch is 2-4 all-time against Oregon State and comes into Sunday's dual with a 3-1 mark against Boise State. Last season, the Pokes downed the Beavers 21-17 in Laramie. A quick pin by Tanner Harms lifted the Cowboys in the final match. Wyoming also defeated Boise State in Rock Springs, Wyo. last season by a score of 37-3. The Pokes scored two pins and added a major decision victory.

He Said It

"It is always a challenge going on the road and having back-to-back weigh-ins without a weight allowance," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "It will be challenging to wrestle two tough teams with the travel and it will take discipline from our team."

"Oregon State is wrestling their best right now after a great dual against Central Michigan," Branch said. "We will have to make some special things happen to win that dual at OSU. Boise State has been playing around with their lineup and are inexperienced like us, wrestling on the road will present challenges our guys will have to deal with.

Projected Lineup vs. Oregon State

125: #15/16/16 Drew Templeman (12-5) vs. #6/7/6 Ronnie Bresser (18-5)

133: Drake Foster (21-4) vs. #20/NR/19 Joey Palmer (16-7)

141: #13/12/12 Bryce Meredith (15-3) vs. Jack Hathaway (9-9)

149: Cole Mendenhall (11-5) or Branson Ashworth (16-3) vs. Joey Delgado (15-7)

157: Archie Colgan (13-6) vs. Abraham Rodriquez (8-10)

165: Chaz Polson (14-10) vs. Seth Thomas (13-6)

174: Jace Jensen (5-8) vs. Tyler Chay (7-10)

184: Benjamin Stroh (10-9) vs. Corey Griego (14-8)

197: Brandon Tribble (11-10) vs. #NR/NR/18 Cody Crawford (11-9)

285: #18/19/18 Tanner Harms (11-2) vs. #10/10/11 Amarveer Dhesi (15-3)

Projected Lineup vs. Boise State

125: #15/16/16 Drew Templeman (12-5) vs. Rami Haddadin (8-4)

133: Drake Foster (21-4) vs. Josh Newberg (9-10)

141: #13/12/12 Bryce Meredith (15-3) vs. Jake Valverde (9-9) or Josh Reyes (0-2)

149: Cole Mendenhall (11-5) or Branson Ashworth (16-3) vs. #17/17/13 Geordan Martinez (18-5)

157: Archie Colgan (13-6) vs. Chris Castillo (12-7)

165: Chaz Polson (14-10) vs. Taylor West (12-9)

174: Jace Jensen (5-8) vs. Austin Dewey (13-10)

184: Benjamin Stroh (10-9) vs. Keavon Buckey (2-8) or Zach Coffman (1-3)

197: Brandon Tribble (11-10) vs. Harley Dilulo (5-10)

285: #18/19/18 Tanner Harms (11-2) vs. Gaylen Edmo (7-8)