No. 17 Cowboys Wrap Up Regular Season at Northern Colorado

Feb. 20, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The No. 17 Wyoming Cowboys (10-4 overall, 3-1 Western Wrestling Conference) head to Northern Colorado (5-5 overall, 2-2 Western Wrestling Conference) to wrap up the regular season on Sunday. The Wyoming rivalry with the Bears is the longest in school history spanning 83 years.

The Details

The Pokes head to Greely, Colo. for a 2 p.m. start against the Bears in the Bank of Colorado Arena. Fans can follow the action on trackwrestling.com and watch the action on UNCBears.com.

A Look at Wyoming

Ranked 17th in the nation, the Pokes rank in the top-20 for the fifth-consecutive week. It is the highest ranking for the Cowboys this season and the highest ranking for the Pokes since January 2013, when the Cowboys were No. 14. Wyoming went 2-0 last week with a win over No .17 Oregon State and a rout of Boise State in Rock Springs.

Eight University of Wyoming wrestlers were featured in the first NCAA rating percentage index rankings, released Wednesday. The Cowboys on the RPI list include senior Tyler Cox (10th at 125 pounds), senior Andy McCulley (11th at 174 pounds), senior Shane Woods (11th at 197 pounds), sophomore Benjamin Stroh (18th at 184 pounds), junior Tanner Harms (18th at 285 pounds), redshirt freshman Archie Colgan (26th at 157 pounds), senior Dakota Friesth (26th at 165 pounds) and sophomore Jake Elliott (30th at 149 pounds).

A Look at Northern Colorado

The Bears come into Sunday's dual with a 5-5 overall record and a 2-2 record in the Western Wrestling Conference. The Bears are led by 125-pounder Trey Andrews, as he ranks No.16 in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News.

Northern Colorado has won four-straight duals. The Bears defeated Air force 20-19 on criteria on Wednesday. UNC trailed the Falcons 19-13 heading into the final two matches, but picked up two straight wins to take the dual.

He Said It

“Not only is this our final dual of the season, but it’s a conference dual,” said head coach Mark Branch.  “Northern Colorado is on a little bit of a hot streak right now.  I think they’ve won their last four duals and their last two conference duals.  They are riding a lot of momentum.”

“We expect a tough fight out of Northern Colorado, so we have to stay focused on taking care of business on Sunday.  We’ve really come together as a dual team, and I think we’re a very good dual team. 

“As we prepared this week, you can’t look too far ahead with your team because you have to stay focused on this dual.  But with the conference tournament only two weeks away we want to make sure and keep our guys healthy and make sure they are fresh in a couple weeks while also maintaining a high level of training.” 

 “The first line of business is winning on Sunday, and then next is to strategically try to prepare ourselves for the conference tournament at the same time.  We started this week and tweaked our training a little bit, and tweaked our training cycles, as well.”

Last Meeting/Series History

The Pokes lead the all-time series 48-29-1. The Cowboys defeated the Bears 41-6 in Laramie last season. Wyoming recorded four falls and two major decisions.

The Probable Lineup

125: 12/12/15 Tyler Cox or Gunnar Woodburn vs. NR/NR/ 16 Trey Andrews      

133: Drew Templeman vs. Michael Espinoza   

141: Cole Mendenhall vs. Benjamin Polkowske          

149: Austin Breckenridge vs. Kyle Rodriguez  

157: Archie Colgan vs. Beau Roberts

165: 19/NR/18 Dakota Friesth or Robert Stroh vs. Mitchell Polkowske

174: 14/16/17 Andy McCulley vs. Josh VanTine          

184: 17/19/NR Benjamin Stroh or Luke Paine vs. Keith Johnson            

197: 17/16/14 Shane Woods vs. Trent Noon    

285: Tanner Harms or Leland Pfeifer vs. Brian Macchione