UW Wrestlers Face Air Force To Cap Off Regular Season

Feb. 19, 2013


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The regular season will come to a close Thursday night for the University of Wyoming wrestling team, as the 22nd-ranked Pokes host conference foe Air Force in a dual in Cheyenne, Wyo.

The details
The event will be hosted in Storey Gym, a multi-purpose facility. The dual is billed as "Throw Down Thursday." The first 300 fans will receive a trucker-style UW hat, while the first 1,000 get a pom-pom.

Advance tickets to the event are available by calling 1-877-996-3261, but tickets also will be available at the door. Door prices are as follows: $6 for adults, $3 for ages 3 through 18, age 2 and younger are free.

A look at the Cowboys
Wyoming, ranked No. 22 in the latest NWCA/USA Today/AWN poll, hopes to rebound after suffering two losses last weekend in the NWCA National Duals. Now 8-6 overall, UW will try to finish 4-1 in Western Wrestling Conference action.

Three Cowboys are in the AWN national rankings this week, including sophomore Tyler Cox (19th at 125 pounds), sophomore Andy McCulley (13th at 157) and senior Alfonso Hernandez, who is fourth at 197.

Seven Pokes in the probable lineup have won at least 15 matches this season. Cox is 28-7, McCulley is 26-6, Hernandez is 28-1, sophomore Dakota Friesth is 15-16 at 165, senior L.J. Helbig is 19-10 at 174, sophomore Shane Woods is 22-12 at 184 and sophomore Zach Zehner is 15-7 at 141.

A look at the Falcons
The Falcons have some talented wrestlers in their lineup, including 125-pound Josh Martinez, 149-pound Cole VonOhlen and 157-pound Josh Kreimier, all of whom have spent time in the national rankings.

In duals, AF has beaten Cal Poly, Stanford and Northern Iowa this season and is 10-3 overall and 1-2 in league action.

Last meeting/series history
On Feb. 2, 2012, the Cowboys won nine out of 10 matches to defeat the Falcons 32-6. Wyoming is 36-12 versus Air Force since 1958.

Probable lineup
125: No. 19 Tyler Cox, So. (28-7)
133: Kasey Garnhart, Sr. (10-13)
141: McCade Ford, Sr. (11-12) OR Zach Zehner, So. (15-7)
149: Brandon Richardson, So. (11-17)
157: No. 13 Andy McCulley, So. (26-6)
165: Dakota Friesth, So. (15-16)
174: L.J. Helbig, Sr. (19-10) OR Michael Poulos, Sr. (5-12)
184: Shane Woods, So. (22-12)
197: No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez, Sr. (28-1)
285: Leland Pfeifer, So. (1-9)