Feb. 22, 2012
OREM, Utah - University of Wyoming 184-pound senior Joe LeBlanc (Meeker, Colo./Meeker HS) was named Co-Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week after an outstanding performance on the mat last weekend. The final 2011-12 weekly award was released Tuesday by the league.
LeBlanc's two wins last weekend pushed him into a tie for first on UW's all-time wins list with 140, sharing the top spot with Ron Whitman, who wrestled from 1981-85.
On Thursday, LeBlanc pinned South Dakota State's Tony Lisek in 3:50. The next night, LeBlanc defeated North Dakota State's Mac Stoll, ranked 32nd in the latest NCAA Coaches' Poll, in an 18-3 technical fall.
The top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 184 pounds finished the WWC season a perfect 6-0 in duals and 27-1 overall all in the regular season. With one more win, LeBlanc will become Wyoming's all-time leader in career victories. The conference award was LeBlanc's third of the season and sixth of his career.
University of Northern Iowa 157-pound redshirt junior David Bonin (Broussard, La./Comeaux HS) also was named co-wrestler of the week.
The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its sixth 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.
2011-12 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 9 - Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Nov. 15 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Nov. 22 - Kasey Garnhart (Wyoming)/Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Nov. 29 - Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)
Dec. 6 - Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)
Dec. 13 - Zach Zehner (Wyoming)
Dec. 20 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Jan. 4 - Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Jan. 10 - Pat Martinez (Wyoming)
Jan. 17 - Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Jan. 24 - Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)
Jan. 31 - Joe Colon (Northern Iowa)
Feb. 7 - David Bonin (Northern Iowa)/Clayton Gable (Air Force)
Feb. 14 - Joe Colon (Northern Iowa)
Feb. 21 - Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)/David Bonin (Northern Iowa)