Unbeaten Cowboys Host Nebraska In Weekend Dual

Nov. 9, 2012


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The University of Wyoming wrestling program hosts its second dual in as many weeks when the Pokes take on the seventh-ranked Nebraska Huskers on Sunday in the UniWyo Sports Complex.

The details
Action begins at 1 p.m. between Wyoming (1-0) and Nebraska (0-0). Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or going online at GoWYO.com.

Last meeting
On Dec. 10, 2011, the Cowboys dropped a close dual on the road to the 21st-ranked Cornhuskers, 19-15. No. 14 Wyoming earned four wins in front of a crowd of 836 at Nebraska Coliseum, but couldn't overcome the Huskers on their home mat. Current Cowboys who earned wins include seniors Kasey Garnhart and Alfonso Hernandez, along with sophomore Zach Zehner.

About Nebraska
The Cowboys have faced the Huskers 46 times in history, tallying a 14-32 record in a series dating back to 1951. UW head coach Mark Branch is 1-2 versus Nebraska.

The Huskers are led by Mark Manning, who enters his 13th season. He has compiled a record of 164-65-3 at Nebraska. Nebraska finished the 2011-12 dual season 15-4, and returns eight starters from that team. Ranked wrestlers for the Huskers include: No. 14 Jake Sueflohn at 149, No. 5 James Green at 157, No. 8 Robert Kokesh at 174 and No. 6 Josh Ihnen at 184. Team rankings have Nebraska at 13th in InterMat and 7th in WIN Magazine dual-team polls.

About Wyoming
UW has started 1-0 for the third time in the last six seasons after earning a win over Boise State 26-12 on Nov. 1 to open the season. Branch, now in his fifth year, has won 49 duals. The Cowboys are ranked 23rd in InterMat and 25th in WIN Magazine polls.

Two Cowboy wrestlers are ranked by InterMat, including sophomore Tyler Cox and senior Alfonso Hernandez. Cox is 18th at 125 pounds and Hernandez is fourth at 197.

Probable starters
125 pounds: No. 18 Tyler Cox (Wyoming) vs. Skylar Wood/Eric Coufal (Nebraska)
133: Kasey Garnhart (Wyoming) vs. Shawn Nagel (Nebraska)
141: Kyle Komata (Wyoming) vs. Skylar Galloway/Ridge Kiley (Nebraska)
149: Brandon Richardson (Wyoming) vs. No. 14 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska)
157: Dakota Friesth/Andy McCulley (Wyoming) vs. No. 5 James Green (Nebraska)
165: Jace Jensen (Wyoming) vs. Austin Wilson/Brandon Wilbourn (Nebraska)
174: L.J. Helbig (Wyoming) vs. No. 8 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska)
184: Shane Woods (Wyoming) vs. No. 6 Josh Ihnen (Nebraska)
197: No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming) vs. Caleb Kolb (Nebraska)
285: Tanner Harms (Wyoming) vs. Donny Longendyke (Nebraska)