April 23, 2011
The University of Wyoming's Tyler Cox placed second in the 55 kilogram (121.25 pound) Greco-Roman division of the University Nationals over the weekend in Akron, Ohio, to pace three Cowboy wrestlers in the event. The placing qualified the UW redshirt freshman for the U.S. Senior World Team Trials on June 9-11 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Cox compiled a 4-1 record in Greco-Roman on Thursday thanks to four-straight victories in the consolation bracket. He opened with a 4-0, 7-0 loss to eventual-champion Max Nowry (NYAC), but rebounded with a 3-0, 10-0 decision over Ben Willleford (CLEVWC) and a 10-0, 8-0 technical fall of Zachery Knowlton (Marines). He pinned Brandon Escobar (NYAC) in the second period of the consolation final and defeated Nikko Triggas (NYAC), an All-American at Ohio State, with a 5-3, 4-1 decision in the true-second match. The top two finishers in each weight class advance to the U.S. Senior World Team Trials. The University age group consists of 20-25 year olds, featuring some of the nation's top collegiate wrestlers.
Cox also fared well in the freestyle division on Friday and Saturday, as he placed fifth at the same weight with a 3-2 record. Redshirt freshman Patrick Martinez and junior Dallas Hintz competed in the freestyle division as well. Martinez went 2-2 at 74 kilograms (163 pounds), while Hintz was 1-2 at 84 kilograms (185 pounds).
Cox recently completed his first season in UW's starting rotation. Splitting the season between 125 and 133 pounds, he posted a 25-13 overall mark, including 10-6 in duals. He earned seven pins, three technical falls and two major decisions.