June 12, 2011
Cowboy Wrestling Club members Tyler Cox and Chris Pendleton represented the state of Wyoming well at the 2011 U.S. Senior World Team Trials over the weekend in Oklahoma City, Okla. The duo came up short of making the U.S. delegation that will be sent to the 2011 World Wrestling Championships this fall, but both had positive matches at the tournament.
Cox, just a redshirt freshman in the UW program, went 1-2 at the 55 kilogram (121.25 pound) Greco-Roman division to finish in the top eight in the nation. The placing makes him eligible for an Olympic redshirt, which he may use during the 2011-12 collegiate season. Cox started the trials by dropping a 3-0, 6-0 decision to Max Nowry (NYAC) but bounced back with a hard-fought 0-6, 6-0, 5-2 decision over Mike Fuenffinger (MN Storm) in the consolation bracket. He was eliminated by Jermaine Hodge (U.S. Army) with a 6-0, 5-0 decision, as Hodge went on to place third.
UW assistant coach Chris Pendleton attempted to make the U.S. national team for a second time, but went 2-2 in the 84 kilogram (185 pound) freestyle division, which was widely regarded as the deepest class at the event. He opened with a 4-0, 3-1 decision over three-time All-American Tyrel Todd (NYAC), before claiming a 4-3, 2-0 decision against Bryce Hasseman (NYAC). In the semifinals, Pendleton was pinned at the 1:03 mark of the second match by 2004 Olympic gold medalist and eventual trials champion Cael Sanderson (Nittany Lion WC) and ended his tournament with a 2-0, 3-0 decision to 2008 NCAA champion Keith Gavin (Lehigh Valley AC) in the consolation bracket. Gavin went on to place third.