Nov. 5, 2013
OREM, Utah - University of Wyoming 184-pound redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh was named the first Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week for the 2013-14 season. The conference honor, which is the first of Stroh's career, was announced Tuesday by the league.
Stroh (Harlem, Mont./Chinook HS) began his collegiate career with a bang over the weekend in the season-opening Cowboy Open. In his first official collegiate match, Stroh upset No. 11 Kevin Radford of Arizona State in a 5-3 decision. In that bout, Stroh took an early 2-0 advantage thanks to a takedown, and never relinquished the lead as he capped the match with a riding-time point for his first win.
The Wyoming redshirt freshman then went on to defeat conference foe Devin Hightower from Air Force in a 5-0 decision in the semis before beating his teammate, junior Leland Pfeifer, in the title match, 5-3. Stroh is now 3-0 for his young career with a tournament title. Including last year's results as an unattached redshirt, he has now won 16-straight matches.
With his big opening tournament performance, Stroh moved into the national rankings for the first time as he is now ranked 15th by InterMat.
The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its eighth year of competition, is comprised of six schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.
2013-14 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 5 - Benjamin Stroh (Wyoming)