Cowboy Wrestler Claims WWC Honor

Feb. 15, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming junior Joe LeBlanc (Meeker, Colo./Meeker HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week after defeating two top-15 ranked opponents last week, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

UW's 184-pound All-American claimed his two victories over two top-15 wrestlers to push his overall record to 21-1. Ranked fifth in the country, LeBlanc started Friday's dual against the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners with a win over Erich Schmidtke, ranked 15th, with a 13-2 major decision. LeBlanc claimed six near-fall points and a riding time point for the final margin. The win gave Wyoming a 4-0 lead after one match.

He followed that up with a win versus the No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sunday as he took down No. 10 Chris Perry in a hard-fought 4-3 decision. LeBlanc's win was Wyoming's sole victory versus Oklahoma State.

LeBlanc now is 7-1 on the season versus ranked opponents.

The conference honor is the two-time All American's first of the season and third of his career. Four UW wrestlers have been honored by the WWC this season, including LeBlanc, Michael Martinez (125 pounds), Cole Dallaserra (149) and Shane Onufer (165).The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its fifth 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.