Conference Test Awaits Cowboy Wrestling In South Dakota

Jan. 18, 2013


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Aiming for its second conference win of the season, the University of Wyoming wrestling team will hit the road to take on South Dakota State in a Sunday matchup. The 15th-ranked Cowboys will battle the Jackrabbits in a Western Wrestling Conference dual.

The details
Matches begin at 2 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Center on the campus of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. All tickets are sold at the door. Pricing will be $12 for adults, $6 for children up to 12, while children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

South Dakota State will be designated as the home team in the contest, although it is considered a neutral-site dual.

Last meeting
On Feb. 15, 2012, the Pokes defeated SDSU 45-0 in Laramie.

A look at the Cowboys
No. 15 Wyoming leads the Western Wrestling Conference with a 1-0 mark, and is 6-3 overall, with all three losses coming at the hands of ranked opponents. The Cowboys are 4-0 at neutral sites this season, with wins over Oklahoma, San Francisco State, CSU Bakersfield and Cal Poly. UW owns a 13-0 record versus SDSU in the all-time series, which began in 1954.

Two Cowboys are in the Amateur Wrestling News weekly rankings, including sophomore Andy McCulley and senior Alfonso Hernandez. McCulley is the 13th-rated wrestler at 157 pounds, while Hernandez is ranked fourth at 197 pounds. Six Cowboys in the dual lineup have winning records, including sophomore Tyler Cox (23-7), McCulley (21-6), senior L.J. Helbig (16-8), sophomore Shane Woods (19-10) and Hernandez, who is 25-1.

A look at the Jackrabbits
South Dakota State is 4-5 this season and makes its WWC dual debut this weekend. The Jacks upset Indiana of the Big Ten to open the season, and have beaten Tiffin, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Simpson College.

Top wrestlers for the Jacks include Brance Simms at 133 (14-11), Dustin Walraven at 149 (18-9) and Cody Pack at 157, who is 12-8.

Probable lineup
Wyoming wrestler listed first
125: Tyler Cox, So., Gillette, Wyo. (23-7) vs. Aaron Pickrel, Sr., Watertown, S.D. (9-9)
133: Kasey Garnhart, Sr., Ten Sleep, Wyo. (9-9) vs. Brance Simms, Fr., Gilmore City, Iowa (14-11) OR Chet Utesch, Fr., Akron, Iowa (7-7)
141: Kyle Komata, Jr., Woodinville, Wash. (9-10) vs. Ben Gillette, Fr., Redfield, S.D., (5-12)
149: Brandon Richardson, So., Rathdrum, Idaho (10-13) vs. Dustin Walraven, Sr., Huron, S.D. (18-9)
157: No. 13 Andy McCulley, So., Rock Springs, Wyo. (21-6) vs. Cody Pack, So., Quincy, Calif. (12-8)
165: Dakota Friesth, So., Adel, Iowa (12-15) vs. Joe Brewster, So., Park Ridge, Ill. (8-10)
174: L.J. Helbig, Sr., Mason, Mich. (16-8) vs. John Nething II, Jr., Paynesville, Minn. (6-10)
184: Shane Woods, So., Tuttle, Okla. (19-10) vs. Shea Nolan, So., Rio Rancho, N.M. (5-7)
197: No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez, Sr., Blackfoot, Idaho (25-1) vs. Joe Skow, Sr., Jackson, Minn. (3-6)
285: Leland Pfeifer, So., Hulett, Wyo. (1-4) vs. J.J. Everard, Fr., Etiwanda, Calif. (4-11)