April 16, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
As officially announced by the Western Wrestling Conference (WWC) last week, the University of Wyoming Cowboys placed nine wrestlers on the league's 2008-09 All-Conference teams. The WWC awarded first, second and third team honors. Individuals earned their spots on the respective teams with their finish at the 2009 NCAA West Regional/WWC Championship on March 7 in Greeley, Colo.
The University of Wyoming and University of Northern Iowa led the way with four first-team honorees. The University of Northern Colorado secured the other two spots on the first team.
Wyoming's Michael Martinez at 125 pounds, Cory VomBaur (133), Shane Onufer (174) and Joe LeBlanc (184) all were named First Team All-WWC by virtue of winning their respective weight classes. LeBlanc, Martinez and Onufer were all redshirt freshmen in 2008-09, while VomBaur was a junior. All four qualified for and won bouts at the 2009 NCAA Championships, with LeBlanc finishing as an All-American for the `Pokes.
Factoring in all three teams, Wyoming led the WWC with nine total all-conference honorees. UNI had eight wrestlers earn all-league honors. Northern Colorado saw six of its grapplers earn the distinction. Each school that competed at the 2009 West Regional had at least one individual on the all-conference squads.
Cowboy junior Alex Rieder was Second Team All-WWC at 165 pounds. UW sophomore Cole Dallaserra (141), senior Eric Coxbill (157), as well as true freshmen Alfonso Hernandez (197) and Jacob Scharbrough (Hwt.) all garnered Third Team All-WWC honors.
The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming. The conference formed in April 2006.