Jan. 24, 2012
OREM, Utah - University of Wyoming 184-pound senior Joe LeBlanc (Meeker, Colo./Meeker HS) on Tuesday was named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week after a stellar performance on the mat last weekend. Wyoming wrestlers have won or shared the honor seven times this season.
LeBlanc, the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 184 pounds, had one of his most impressive performances of the season Jan. 20 versus Cal Poly, in which he wrestled at 197 pounds. The three-time All-America honoree from Wyoming moved up to take on the 18th-ranked Ryan Smith of Cal Poly.
LeBlanc built an 11-0 advantage over Smith and kept up the pressure throughout the match, as he ended up winning with a 12-1 major decision. The next night, LeBlanc followed up his outstanding effort by pinning Utah Valley's David Prieto in the first period (2:23).
The two victories give LeBlanc 20 for the season and the win over Smith was his sixth of the year over a ranked opponent. The WWC weekly honor is LeBlanc's second of the season and fifth of his career.
The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its sixth year of competition, is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.
2011-12 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 9 - Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Nov. 15 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Nov. 22 - Kasey Garnhart (Wyoming)/Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Nov. 29 - Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)
Dec. 6 - Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)
Dec. 13 - Zach Zehner (Wyoming)
Dec. 20 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Jan. 4 - Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Jan. 10 - Pat Martinez (Wyoming)
Jan. 17 - Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Jan. 24 - Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)