June 8, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. -
Cowboy Wrestling Club members Tyler Cox and Chris Pendleton will compete this weekend for an opportunity to represent the United States on the international level, as the duo wrestles in the 2011 U.S. Senior World Team Trials on Friday and Saturday at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The top finisher in each weight class will advance to the 2011 World Wrestling Championships on Sept. 11-18 in Istanbul, Turkey.
After completing his redshirt freshman season with the Cowboys in March, Cox qualified for the trials by placing second in the 55 kilogram (121.25 pound) Greco-Roman division of the University Nationals in late April. Cox compiled a 4-1 record at the tournament thanks to four-straight victories in the consolation bracket. His top win was a 5-3, 4-1 decision over Ohio State All-American Nikko Triggas in the true-second match. Cox will compete Friday morning in a weight class that features former Olympian Spenser Mango.
Pendleton, who is an assistant under Cowboy head coach Mark Branch, punched his ticket to the trials by winning the 84 kilogram (185 pound) freestyle division of the Northern Plains Senior Regionals in May. He went 4-0 at the tournament, including a 3-2, 5-1 decision versus three-time All-American and 2011 NCAA champion Jon Reader in the final. A previous national team member, Pendleton placed third in the 2005 U.S. World Team Trials and prior was a two-time national champion during his collegiate career at Oklahoma State. Pendleton faces an extremely competitive weight class this weekend that includes multiple NCAA champions.
Fans can follow live results from the weekend by clicking on the link above.