LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The No. 19 University of Wyoming wrestling team (8-4 overall) welcomes its third top-20 opponent to the UniWyo Sport Complex on Friday when No. 17 Oregon State (11-0) visits the Cowboys. Wyoming will honor seven seniors, who have combined for 511 wins before Friday's match against the Beavers. The Pokes will also face Boise State (3-8) in Rock Springs on Sunday.
The Pokes host the Beavers at 7 p.m. in the UnivWyo Sports Complex on Friday. The Cowboys then head west to Rock Springs to take on Boise State at 2 p.m. in Rushmore Gymnasium on the campus of Western Wyoming Community College. Both matches will be carried by FloWrestling and fans can follow live results on TrackWrestling.com
A Look at Wyoming
Ranked 19th in the nation, the Pokes rank in the top-20 for the fifth-consecutive week. The Cowboys split duals last Friday in Oklahoma. Wyoming defeated Oklahoma, 18-16. It was the Pokes first win over the Sooners in Norman. Later in the day, a comeback effort fell short as UW fell to No. 7 Oklahoma State 12-19.
The Pokes feature five ranked wrestlers with senior Andy McCulley being UW's highest ranked grappler ranked No. 14 at 174 pounds. Fellow senior Shane Woods also comes into the weekend ranked No. 14 in the nation at 197 pounds. He leads the Cowboys in wins this season with an impressive 26-3 record. Senior Tyler Cox is ranked No.15 in the nation at 125 pounds. Sophomore Benjamin Stroh moved to No. 17 in the nation at 184 pounds after defeating No. 9 Nolan Boyd of Oklahoma State.
A Look at Oregon State
The Beavers head to Laramie with a perfect 11-0 record in duals this season. Oregon State is fresh off a 29-6 win over Boise State on Sunday. The Beavers also picked up a win last week against Cal Poly 26-10. Oregon State features four ranked wrestlers on their roster with 184 pounder Taylor Meeks highlighting the lineup being ranked as high as eighth in the nation.
A Look at Boise State
The Broncos head to Rock Springs with a 3-8 dual record. Boise State fell to Oregon State on Sunday, but the broncos snapped a five match losing streak defeating CSU Bakersfield 24-9 on Friday. 141 Pounder Geordan Martinez is the top wrestler for the Broncos ranking seventh in the nation.
He Said It
"These are big duals for us and a special opportunity to recognize our impactful senior class," head coach Mark Branch said. "The implications on each match going into the NCAA tournament qualification process makes these very important duals for us."
"It is always great to get around the state and we have tried to get something in Rock Springs and timing wise it worked perfectly with Andy McCulley being a senior," Branch said. "It is going to be a great atmosphere for wrestling and a great chance to help educate fans about collegiate wrestling."
Last Meeting/Series History
The Pokes are 7-20 all-time against Oregon State in a series that dates back to 1960. The Beavers took last season's meeting in Corvallis, 26-12. The Pokes last win over the Beavers came back in 2011-12 when the Pokes defeated the then ranked No. 16 Beavers 23-22 in Corvallis.
Wyoming is 11-23 all-time against the Broncos in a series that dates back to 1975. The Cowboys are currently on a two match winning streak over Boise State. The Pokes downed the Broncos 17-15 in Boise last season to kick off the 2013-14 dual schedule.
The Probable Lineup
Against Oregon State
125:15/16/15 Tyler Cox vs. 11/12/10 Ronnie Bresser
133: Drew Templeman vs. Jack Hathaway
141: Cole Mendenhall vs. Devin Reynolds
149: Austin Breckenridge vs. Abraham Rodriguez
174: 14/16/17 Andy McCulley vs. Joe Latham
184: 18/20/NR Benjamin Stroh vs. 7/8/10 Taylor Meeks
197: 18/19/14 Shane Woods vs. 20/NR/NR Cody Crawford
Against Boise State
125:15/16/15 Tyler Cox vs. Carson Kuhn
133: Drew Templeman vs. Michael Cook
141: Cole Mendenhall vs. 7/10/6 Geordan Martinez
149: Austin Breckenridge vs. Jake Velarde
174: 14/16/17 Andy McCulley vs. Austin Dewey
184: 18/20/NR Benjamin Stroh vs. Xavier Callejas or Holden Packard
197: 18/19/14 Shane Woods vs. Cody Dixon