Cowboy Grapplers Entertain Pac-12 Foe Cal Poly on Saturday

Jan. 21, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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After a brief road swing the Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team returns to the friendly confines of the UniWyo Sports Complex to host Pac-12 foe Cal Poly on Saturday at 6 p.m. It marks the third-straight dual against an opponent from the Pac-12 Conference for the Cowboys.

Details

Action will begin at 6 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Fans can watch the dual on FloWrestling.org or follow live results on TrackWrestling.com.

NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings

The NCAA released its first coaches' panel rankings for the 2015-16 wrestling season Thursday. Four Pokes are featured on the list that is one of the tools used to determine the qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship hosted at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 17-19.

Sophomore Bryce Meredith is the highest ranked Cowboy coming in at 12th at 141 pounds. Junior Drew Templeman, who is in his first season at 125 pounds ranks 16th. Senior Tanner Harms, a returning NCAA qualifier ranks 19th at heavyweight. Sophomore Archie Colgan rounds out the Cowboys in the ranking coming in ranked 29th at 157 pounds.

Wrestlers in each weight class are measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

Among the top-ranked wrestlers are five former national champions with Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State (125 pounds), Isaiah Martinez of Illinois (157), Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State (165), Gabriel Dean of Cornell (184) and Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State (heavyweight). The additional top-ranked wrestlers at each weight class in the inaugural rankings are: Nahshon Garrett, Cornell (133 pounds); Dean Heil, Oklahoma State (141); Zain Retherford, Penn State (149); Bo Nickal, Penn State (174) and Morgan McIntosh, Penn State (197).

Wt. - Name (Coaches Rank)

125: Junior Drew Templeman (16th)

141: Sophomore Bryce Meredith (12th)

157: Sophomore Archie Colgan (29th)

285: Senior Tanner Harms (19th)

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 19th by Intermat Wrestling. Harms moved into the FloWrestling rankings coming at 20th and also ranks 18th by Amateur Wrestling News.

The Cowboys took part in a pair of duals last weekend against Pac-12 members Oregon State and Boise State. The Pokes fell to Oregon State 32-7 on Saturday. The Pokes were dominant on Sunday winning eight matches in a rout of Boise State 33-6. Sophomores Archie Colgan and Bryce Meredith each won matches for the Pokes at Oregon State. The duo also moved to 6-1 on the season in duals. Colgan earned the Pokes second victory of the afternoon with a 3-2 overtime decision over Abraham Rodriguez at 157 pounds. Meredith earned a major decision win over Jared Reis by a tally of 12-4 at 141 pounds. The Wyoming Cowboy wrestlers used a major decision and pin in the first two matches on their way to a 33-6 win over Boise State on Sunday afternoon in Bronco Gymnasium in Boise, Idaho. True freshman Drake Foster, a native of Post Falls, Idaho, earned his first dual win as a Cowboy in the opening match of the dual.

A Look at Cal Poly

The Mustangs head into the weekend with a 1-5 overall record in duals this season. Cal Poly is coming off a 28-18 loss to Duke last Sunday and will head to Northern Colorado prior to dueling with the Pokes. Cal Poly is paced by 197-pounder J.T. Goodwin, as he has posted a 13-7 record this season. At 157 pounds, Colt Shorts heads into the dual with a 10-6 record ranking second on the team along with 149 pounder Joshy Cortez.

Series History against Cal Poly

The Cowboys faceoff with the Mustangs on Saturday evening for the ninth time in school history. The series that started in 1968 stands at 4-4. The Cowboys have found recent success against the Mustangs winning the last four duals. Last season in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the Pokes defeated Cal Poly by a score of 23-15. Senior Andy McCulley (174), Benjamin Stroh (184) and Tanner Harms all sat out, opening the door for three reserves to earn the start in their absence. Luke Paine (174) and Jace Jensen (184) each lost, but senior heavyweight Leland Pfeifer helped seal the team win with a 5-2 decision.

He Said It

"We hope the guys saw something last weekend and saw something different in the outcome with their added aggression to their wrestling," UW head coach Mark Branch said. "Hopefully our guys carry on and build momentum and we start having individuals building confidence."

"Regardless of our opponents we have to wrestle smart and aggressive," Branch Said. "We need to harness that good felling and build on it."

Projected Lineup vs. Cal Poly

125: #15/16/16 Drew Templeman (13-6) vs. David Gonzales (8-12)

133: Drake Foster (22-5) vs. Jason DelaCruz (7-8)

141: #14/12/12 Bryce Meredith (17-3) vs. Colton Schilling (8-5) or Connor Pollock (1-9)

149: Cole Mendenhall (11-6) vs. Joshy Cortez (10-6) or Jacob Leon (7-9)

157: Archie Colgan (15-6) vs. Colt Shorts (10-6) or Blake Kastl (6-7)

165: Chaz Polson (15-11) or Kyle Pope (14-11) vs. Xavier Johnson (3-6) or Joe Granger (10-9)

174: Jace Jensen (5-10) vs. Sohrab Movahedi (7-12)

184: Benjamin Stroh (11-10) vs. Mitch Woods (8-11)

197: Brandon Tribble (12-11) vs. J.T. Goodwin (13-7)

285: #19/20/18 Tanner Harms (12-3) vs. Spencer Empey (6-5)