Pendleton, Foster Finish Second In U.S. Open

April 24, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Two Laramie-based wrestling competitors finished second in their respective weight classes at the 2013 Asics U.S. Open USA Wrestling event, which concluded Saturday in Las Vegas.

University of Wyoming assistant wrestling coach Chris Pendleton and volunteer assistant wrestling coach Clayton Foster each claimed runner-up honors in the senior freestyle event. Their performances earned them berths to the U.S. World Team Trials in June, which serves as a qualifier for the World Championships. The World Team Trials are similar to the Olympic Trials in a non-Olympic year.

Pendleton, wrestling in association with the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, finished second at 96 kilograms (211.5 pounds) when he lost to J.D. Bergman of New York AC/Ohio RTC in a 1-0, 2-1 decision in the final Saturday. Pendleton also outperformed his seeding, coming into the event as the No. 4 seed. The former two-time national champion at Oklahoma State just completed his third season as a UW assistant coach in 2013.

Foster, wrestling as part of GRIT Athletics/Cowboy Wrestling Club, was pitted against Keith Gavin of the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club in the 84 kilogram (185 pounds) final Friday. Foster suffered a 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 defeat at the hands of Gavin to finish second, coming into the event as the sixth seed. A former All-American at Oklahoma State, Foster also is a Wyoming Regional Training Center resident and a Cowboy Wrestling Club coach.

The top seven finishers in each weight class qualified for the U.S. World Team Trials on June 21 in Stillwater, Okla.

Three place in FILA Junior Nationals
Three University of Wyoming wrestlers placed seventh or better in the FILA Junior Nationals over the weekend, including true freshmen Cole Mendenhall, Tanner Miller and Brent Havlik. In the freestyle event, Mendenhall was seventh at 63 kilograms (138.75 pounds), Miller was seventh at 70 kilograms (154.25 pounds) and Havlik finished sixth at 79 kilograms (174 pounds). Future Cowboy Eric Hoffman was eighth at 70 kilograms.

Eight UW competitors took part in the event in Las Vegas, which concluded Saturday.

Drew Templeman - 60 kg/132.25 pounds (3-2)
Templeman dec. 1-0, 6-0 over Jacob Rubio (Omada Kitrinos)
Templeman dec. 4-0, 3-1 over Justin Scherkenbach (Bison Wrestling Club)
Ben Whitford (Massa's Maniacs) tech. fall 8-0, 6-0 over Templeman
Templeman dec. 3-0, 6-2 over Martin Ramirez (Adams State)
Cory Clark (Hawkeye Wrestling Club) dec. 5-0, 2-0 over Templeman

Cole Mendenhall - 63 kg/138.75 pounds (3-2), Seventh place
Mendenhall fall (1:48) over John Fahy (Illini Wrestling Club)
Aaron Pico (Titan Mercury Wrestling) dec. 2-0, 3-1 over Mendenhall
Mendenhall fall (1:04) over Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (Buffalo Grapplers Wrestling)
Logan Massa (Massa's Maniacs) dec. 1-2, 1-0, 1-1 over Mendenhall
Mendenhall dec. 2-1, 4-1 over John Fahy (Illini Wrestling Club)

Sean O'Leary - 63 kg/138.75 pounds (2-2)
O'Leary tech. fall 6-0, 6-0 over Joey Arvizu (Bellflower)
Matthew Garelli (Unattached) dec. 1-0, 6-0 over O'Leary
O'Leary dec. 3-1, 4-0 over Daniel Salazar (Unattached)
Logan Massa (Massa's Maniacs) dec. 1-0, 4-1 over O'Leary

Jake Elliott - 66 kg/145.4 pounds (1-2)
Josh Bennett (Team Missouri) dec. 3-1, 0-2, 1-1 over Elliott
Elliott dec. 3-3, 0-1, 1-0 over Yoanse Mejias (Florida Jets)
Gabriel Moreno (Iowa State) dec. 3-1, 7-0 over Elliott

Austin Breckenridge - 70 kg/154.25 pounds (2-2)
Matt Vaughn (Florida Jets) dec. 2-1, 1-0 over Breckenridge
Breckenridge dec. 4-0, 2-0 over Rene Sandoval (Team SoCal)
Breckenridge dec. 5-1, 2-0 over Jarred Becker (Waldorf College)
Eric Hoffman (BCWC) dec. 1-0, 5-2 over Breckenridge

Tanner Miller - 70 kg/154.25 pounds (4-2), Seventh place
Miller wins by forfeit over Connor Sutton (NYAC-Harlem)
Miller dec. 3-0, 2-0 over Peter Russo (Stanford)
Jordan Henrickson (NWRTC) dec. 1-0, 1-1 over Miller
Miller dec. 7-4, 3-0 over Coleman Hammond (Bakersfield Drillers)
Dylan Cottrell (App State RTC) dec. 0-3, 2-1, 1-1 over Miller
Miller dec. 3-0, 1-0 over Eric Hoffman (BCWC)

Brent Havlik - 79 kg/174 pounds (4-3), Sixth place
Havlik dec. 2-1, 2-0 over John Keck (Navy Mat Club)
Havlik dec. 2-0, 4-0 over Tyler Rill (Husky Wrestling Club)
Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State) fall (0:41) over Havlik
Havlik dec. 3-3, 3-3, 3-0 over Brian Harvey (West Point Wrestling)
Havlik dec. 1-5, 1-0, 2-0 over Austin Coburn (HRWA/VBRTC)
James Frascella (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) fall (0:24) over Havlik
McCoy Newberg (NWTC) fall (0:41) over Havlik

Benjamin Stroh - 84 kg/185 pounds (3-2)
Victor Avery (Edinboro) dec. 0-1, 3-0, 4-1 over Stroh
Stroh fall (1:10) over Michael Mocco (Gold Medal Wrestling Club)
Stroh dec. 3-2, 6-0 over Justin Birschbach (Fond du Lac)
Stroh dec. 2-1, 0-2, 5-4 over Ryan Mowatters (Team SoCal)
Alex Meyer (Hawkeye Wrestling Club) dec. 4-2, 6-5 over Stroh