National Wrestling Statistics and Polls Include Wyoming Near Top

Jan. 22, 2009


Complete Rankings/Statistics

Thanks to some talented youngsters, the University of Wyoming wrestlers have been well represented in national polls this season, and this week the entire team could be found near the top of multiple statistical categories as well.

According to the's individual and team statistical lists, which were released today, the Cowboy team is ranked first among Division I programs in the country in overall wins with 389 and is tied for second in overall pins with 91 this season. The UW squad is also third in decisions with 207 and fourth in major decision victories with 65.

Not only is UW redshirt freshman Shane Onufer (174 lbs) ranked No. 19 in his weight class by Intermat, but he also is tied for the most wins among Division I wrestlers with his record of 31-8.

Fellow second year Cowboy Joe LeBlanc (184 lbs) is listed this week in the InterMat individual rankings at No. 8, in addition to being tied for the most major decisions with 10 and in fourth place for total wins with a mark of 30-5.

UW's 125-pound redshirt freshman Michael Martinez is seventh on the wins list with his record of 27-7.

The Cowboys (7-2 overall) will be off from competition this weekend before hosting two home duals the following Friday and Saturday. Wyoming will begin the Western Wrestling Conference portion of their schedule when they take on South Dakota State in Laramie on Jan. 30. They will then face WWC foe North Dakota State the following evening, Jan. 31. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.