May 17, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming assistant coach Chris Pendleton won the 84 kilogram (185 pound) freestyle division of the Northern Plains Senior Regionals over the weekend in Waterloo, Iowa, to qualify for the U.S. World Team Trials. The tournament was the final opportunity for Senior level competitors to qualify for the trials on June 9-11 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Pendleton, who just completed his first season as an assistant under Cowboy head coach Mark Branch, posted an impressive run at the Northern Plains tournament with four-straight wins to capture the title. He opened with a 6-0, 8-0 technical fall of Benjamin Walter McPhail (Unattached), before claimed a 3-2, 4-0 decision over Chris Spangler (Iowa State). Pendleton advanced with a 4-1, 1-0 decision against three-time All-American Phillip Keddy (Hawkeye WC) in the semifinals and claimed a 3-2, 5-1 decision versus three-time All-American and 2011 NCAA champion Jon Reader (Iowa State) in the final.
A previous member of the U.S. Senior freestyle team, Pendleton was competing for the first time in a year. He was a three-time All-American during his collegiate career at Oklahoma State, including capturing titles at 174 pounds in 2004 and 2005.
Pendleton will join UW redshirt freshman Tyler Cox at the U.S. World Team Trials. Cox qualified for the 55 kilogram (121.25 pound) Greco-Roman division of the event.