Jan. 20, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team will try to start off the Western Wrestling Conference season with a bang this weekend when it takes on the Utah Valley Wolverines in Orem, Utah.
The dual will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Cowboy fans can follow the action online through the NWCA Scorebook or watch the dual for free online at http://www.uvu.edu/broadcast/uvu_remote_embed.html.
The Wolverines are 3-1, with wins over WWC member Northern Colorado, The Citadel and Appalachian State. Utah Valley's lone loss was to Nebraska, to which Wyoming also lost earlier this season.
The Wolverines currently are in second place in the WWC with a 1-0 conference record. They trail Northern Iowa, which is 2-0 in conference. Air Force and Wyoming are in third and fourth place, respectively, with identical 0-0 records. Overall, Wyoming is 6-4 on the season.
Wyoming features five wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of the InterMat polls, while Utah Valley has two.
125 pounds: Michael Martinez (UW), 18th; Ben Kjar (UVU), 14th
133: Tyler Cox (UW), 18th; Flint Ray (UVU), 13th
149: Cole Dallaserra (UW), 19th
165: Shane Onufer (UW), 6th
184: Joe LeBlanc (UW), 5th
The Cowboys are 4-1 versus the Wolverines all-time. The last meeting was Jan. 30, 2010, and the 'Pokes took a 37-3 victory in Laramie.
125 pounds: (UW) No. 18 Michael Martinez, Jr., 8-3
vs. (UVU) No. 14 Ben Kjar, Sr., 18-4
133: (UW) No. 18 Tyler Cox, RFr., 20-7 OR Kasey Garnhart, So., 11-6
vs. (UVU) No. 13 Flint Ray, Sr., 15-1
141: (UW) Chase Smith, Jr., 21-12
vs. (UVU) Justin Morrill, Sr., 16-7
149: (UW) No. 19 Cole Dallaserra, Sr., 20-4
vs. (UVU) Josh Wilson, So., 16-6 OR Avery Garner, RFr., 17-13
157: (UW) Jimmy Belleville, So., 18-11
vs. (UVU) Richard Winger, So., 1-5 OR Abner Cook, RFr., 15-8
165: (UW) No. 6 Shane Onufer, Jr., 20-0
vs. (UVU) Jeb Clark, Sr., 15-9
174: (UW) Dallas Hintz, Jr., 13-6 OR Patrick Martinez, RFr., 18-12
vs. (UVU) Brad Darrington, Jr., 15-8
184: (UW) No. 5 Joe LeBlanc, Jr., 14-1
vs. (UVU) Casen Eldredge, Sr., 1-7
197: (UW) L.J. Helbig, So., 13-13 OR Joe O'Farrell, Jr., 4-12
vs. (UVU) Trevor Rupp, Fr., 5-8
Heavyweight: (UW) Matthew McLaughlin, Sr., 7-2
vs. (UVU) Christian Denny, Fr., 0-6