Feb. 5, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
A rivalry 82 years in the making will be continued Friday, as the University of Wyoming wrestling team faces off against Northern Colorado at home. It will be the second league dual of the season for UW.
The Cowboys and Bears have squared off 77 times, the most in UW wrestling history against one program. The first matchup between the squads was in 1932, which makes it the longest series in program history.
The dual is dubbed "Family Friday," which offers a family four tickets, four hot dogs and four Pepsi products for $24. The first 250 fans in the UniWyo Sports Complex will receive t-shirts.
Action begins at 7 p.m. from the UniWyo in the Western Wrestling Conference contest. Free live video will be available on GoWyo.com, and live results will be provided via TrackWrestling.com.
A look at the Cowboys
In its most recent action, UW came away with a dominant 29-12 victory over Cal Poly to improve its season record to 2-6 overall. Wyoming, now 0-1 in WWC action, hopes to claim its first WWC victory of the season. The Pokes haven't lost to UNC in 20 seasons, dating back to 1993-94.
Four Cowboys are featured in the national rankings this week, including junior Tyler Cox (eighth at 125 pounds), junior Dakota Friesth (18th at 165), redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh (16th at 184) and junior Shane Woods, 24th at 197.
A look at the Bears
Northern Colorado is 5-8 overall and has yet to compete in WWC dual competition. Notable wins for the Bears this season include victories over Pac-12 opponents Cal Poly and Arizona State. Two Bears are nationally ranked with Mitchell Polkowske (20th at 157) and Henry Chirino, 29th at heavyweight.
The probable matchups
125 pounds: #8/8/10 Tyler Cox vs. Trey Andrews (UNC)
133: Gunnar Woodburn vs. Sonny Espinoza (UNC)
141: Cole Mendenhall vs. Nick Adams (UNC)
149: Jake Elliott vs. Nick Alspaugh OR Beau Roberts (UNC)
157: Tanner Miller OR Andy McCulley vs. #NR/20/19 Mitchell Polkowske (UNC)
165: #NR/NR/18 Dakota Friesth vs. Charlie McMartin (UNC)
174: Brent Havlik vs. Josh Van Tine OR Keith Johnson (UNC)
184: #18/16/17 Benjamin Stroh vs. Nick Bayer (UNC)
197: #NR/NR/24 Shane Woods vs. Cole Briegel (UNC)
285: Leland Pfeifer vs. Henry Chirino (UNC)
Rankings based on most recent InterMat/AWN/D1CollegeWrestling.net polls.