Senior Night for Cowboy Wrestling Brings Titans to Laramie

Feb. 11, 2010


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    The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team's next competition will be their final home dual of the season, as well as Senior Night for Cowboys Alex Rieder and Cory VomBaur.

    UW will host the Cal State Fullerton Titans in the UniWyo Sports Complex this Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. MT. Rieder and VomBaur will be honored prior to the match.

    Cal State Fullerton, who competes in the Pac-10 Conference, has a dual record of 2-7-1. Wyoming now has an overall record of 10-3.

    This will be the 12th all-time meeting in wrestling between the two schools and the Cowboys hold a slim 6-5 series advantage. The last dual between the two teams was Jan. 4, 2009 in Fullerton, Calif. when Wyoming won 20-15. In that match-up, Rieder pinned his Titan opponent at 165 pounds to seal the win for UW.

    UW and CSF have had several common opponents this season, with the most notable being the North Dakota State Bison, whom Wyoming just beat 25-15 and whom Fullerton lost to 23-12.

    Fullerton is led by their junior heavyweight Kurt Klimek, who is currently ranked No. 17 and has a record of 21-7. The Titan's 141-pounder, junior Adin Duenas, was an NCAA qualifier in 2009 and has a record this season of 16-7.

    A match of note on Friday will be at the 125-pound weight class where UW's Michael Martinez will look to avenge a 7-2 loss to CSF's Andre Gonzalez in last year's dual between the two teams. That weight class will be the only rematch from last season.

    Team Tidbits: Following are several notes from UW's 2009-10 season to this point...

    - 5-0 in the WWC - UW's two league wins this past weekend gave them a WWC dual record of 5-0 and also clinched at least a share of the conference regular season dual title for the second straight year.

    The `Pokes can win the title outright with a victory over Air Force in Colorado Springs on Feb. 18.

    Four Cowboy wrestlers have not lost in a WWC dual this year: Joe LeBlanc (184) and Shane Onufer (165) are each 5-0, Brock Smith (174) is 4-0 and Kasey Garnhart (133) won the only league match he has wrestled this season.

    Last season UW shared the honor with UNI. The Cowboys finished 5-0, while the Panthers finished 4-0.

    - LeBlanc Reaches 70 Career Wins - With his victory by way of fall against UNCo's Eric Brennan on Friday, Jan. 15, UW's Joe LeBlanc reached 70 wins in his short two-year collegiate career. Tacking on five additional wins since that time, LeBlanc now has a career record of 75-12 with 18 major decisions, 16 pins and 16 technical falls.

    - Cowboys In Weekly Rankings - There are several national organizations that send out weekly and preseason collegiate wrestling rankings, most notably the InterMat poll and the National Wrestling Coaches Association team poll. All rankings are generally released by Tuesday each week.

    Returning All-American Joe LeBlanc (184 lbs) has been in the top-10 all season and is listed in the latest InterMat individual rankings at No. 9. He is also No. 9 by W.I.N. Magazine and No. 9 by

    Shane Onufer (165 lbs) leapt up the charts after the Las Vegas Invite and is now No. 9 according to InterMat, No. 9 in the W.I.N. rankings and is ranked No. 13 by D1CW.

    Michael Martinez is at No. 12 in the D1CW poll at 125 pounds, No. 12 by InterMat and No. 14 by W.I.N.

    With a successful return to 133 pounds in Reno, senior Cory VomBaur is ranked No. 21 by D1CW.

    As a team, the UW squad is No. 24 according to D1CW and is listed as "Receiving Votes" in the NWCA poll.