Nov. 15, 2011
OREM, Utah - Wyoming 165-pound senior Shane Onufer (Auburn, Wash./Auburn HS) was named Tuesday as the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week by the league after an outstanding performance on the mat last week.
In his first action of the season, Onufer went 4-0 at the Cowboy Open, winning his weight class at the event for the fourth-straight year.
He started the tournament by pinning Jorge Benitez of Western State at the 6:30 mark and followed that up with a 5-0 decision over Jordan Larsen of Colorado School of Mines. He then defeated Tyler Juby (unattached) in an 11-0 major decision, and beat Steve Vasquez (Cal Poly) 5-1 in the championship bout. Onufer allowed just one point to his four opponents over the course of the tournament.
The conference award is Onufer's first of the season and fifth of his career. The Wyoming grappler is currently ranked second in the nation by InterMat at 165 pounds.
The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its sixth year of competition, is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.
Other Nominees:North Dakota State: Steven Monk, 157 pounds, Sophomore (Wausau, Wis./Wausau West HS)
Northern Iowa: David Bonin, 157 pounds, Junior (Broussard, La./Comeaux HS)
South Dakota State: Dillon Reid, 165 pounds, Freshman, (Red Bluff, Calif./Red Bluff HS)
Utah Valley: Brian Chamberlain, 197 pounds, Freshman (Moses Lake, Wash./Moses Lake HS)
2011-12 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 9 - Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Nov. 15 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)