Wyoming's Onufer Named Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week

Nov. 18, 2008


University of Wyoming 174-pounder Shane Onufer has been named the Western Wrestling Conference's Wrestler of the Week as announced by league officials.

Onufer, a redshirt freshman from Auburn, Wash., was 5-0 this past weekend, leading UW to a 34-10 dual win over Stanford and earning the 174-pound title at the Cowboy Open. In his five matches Onufer did not give up a single point to his opponents.

On Friday night he won by fall at 1:54 over Stanford's Victor Haug, giving Wyoming a large cushion on the way to UW's first dual win of the season.

Onufer then bullied his way to the 174-pound crown on Saturday in the Elite Division at the 36th annual Cowboy Open. He posted a 4-0 record and was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler. He won his first two matches by fall, his third round bout by major decision, 15-0 over Brett Hunter of Chadron State, and then out-muscled Nebraska-Kearney's Kamarudeen Usman, the No.2 ranked DII wrestler in the country, by a score of 7-0 in the finals.

As evidence of the competition level at 174 pounds, included in Onufer's bracket at the Cowboy Open was the No. 8 ranked wrestler in the country, Nate Lee of Boise State. Lee lost to Usman in the semi-finals.

Onufer's season record is now 13-0, with nine pins.

The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

Others nominated:
Northern Colorado - Tony Mustari, Jr., 125 lbs., Greeley, Colo.
North Dakota State - Kenny Moenkedick, So., 184 lbs., Perham, Minn.
UNI - Trevor Kittleson, So., 149 lbs., St. Ansgar, Iowa
Utah Valley State - Ben Kjar, So., 125 lbs., Centerville, Utah

2008-09 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 11 - Andrew Anderson (UNI)
Nov. 18 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)