Nov. 22, 2011
OREM, Utah - Wyoming 125-pound junior Kasey Garnhart (Ten Sleep, Wyo./Riverside HS) and North Dakota State 157-pound sophomore Steven Monk (Wausau, Wis./Wausau West HS) have been named Co-Western Wrestling Conference Wrestlers of the Week after both won tournament titles last week. The weekly award was released Tuesday by the league.
Garnhart won the Elite 125-pound title at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open on Saturday.
He began the day by defeating Shawn Nagel of Nebraska in a 13-3 major decision. He went on to defeat teammate and 10th-ranked Michael Martinez in the next bout, winning a 3-3 decision that came down to riding time in the first tiebreaker. The Cowboy then defeated Greg Rinker of Air Force in the title match by a 12-2 major decision score. Garnhart now is 7-2 on the season.
The award was Garnhart's first of the season and first of his career.
Monk won the 157-pound title at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open last Saturday, scoring an upset over conference-rival No. 19 David Bonin of Northern Iowa in the final, 7-2. On the day Monk went a perfect 4-0 en route to the title.
The Bison grappler won his opening bout by decision and his quarterfinal bout by fall. He also claimed a 9-2 win in the semis. With the solid performance Monk improved his season record to 7-1 with three pins.
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.