OREM, Utah - University of Wyoming senior Dakota Friesth was named the final Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week for the season on Tuesday. It is the first WWC Wrestler of the Week honor of his career. It also marked the first time since last season that the Pokes have earned the award in back-to-back week after senior Tyler Cox garnered the honor last week.
No. 18 Friesth scored a big 5-4 decision over Northern Colorado’s 20th-ranked Mitchell Polkowske on Sunday. The victory gave the Cowboys a 6-0 lead in the match, as the No. 17 Pokes went on to defeat the Bears by a score of 26-9 in the regular season finale.
Friesth earned his 20th win of the season with the victory, and has now won eight of his last nine matches. He also recorded his third victory over a ranked opponent on the season, as he finished his 2014-15 dual campaign with an 11-4 record.
The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its ninth year of competition, is comprised of six schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.
The 2015 WWC Championships/NCAA West Regional will take place March 7 at North Dakota State’s Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse in Fargo, North Dakota.
2014-15 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 4 - Cody Pack (South Dakota State)
Nov. 11 - Jesse Stafford (Air Force)
Nov. 18 - Hayden Zillmer (North Dakota State)
Nov. 25 - Cody Pack (South Dakota State)
Dec. 1 - Cole Mendenhall (Wyoming)
Dec. 8 - Hayden Zillmer (North Dakota State)
Dec. 15 - Evan Knutson (North Dakota State)
Dec. 22 - Tyler Cox (Wyoming)
Jan. 5 - Cody Pack (South Dakota State)
Jan. 12 - Josh Martinez (Air Force)/Isaac Andrade (South Dakota State)
Jan. 20 - Hayden Zillmer (North Dakota State)
Jan. 26 - Cody Pack (South Dakota State)
Feb. 2 - Josh Rodriguez (North Dakota State)
Feb. 9 - Chasen Tolbert (Utah Valley)
Feb. 16 - Tyler Cox (Wyoming)
Feb. 24 - Dakota Friesth (Wyoming)