Nov. 26, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming senior Cole Dallaserra won his second consecutive Western Wrestling Conference weekly award, which was announced Wednesday. The 149-pounder, who is from Butte, Mont., was named the WWC's Co-Wrestler of the Week.
The other recipient was Utah Valley senior Flint Ray, who wrestles at 133 pounds. Both Dallaserra and Ray competed in the Kaufman-Brand Open on Nov. 20 in Omaha, Neb.
At the Kaufman-Brand Open, the Cowboys got a runner-up finish by Dallaserra at 149 pounds in the Elite division. He went 4-1 on the day and was dominant, taking two wins by fall and two by major decision. His 149-pound finals match pitted him against No. 7-ranked Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State. Dallaserra lost a close match, 3-2. His senior season record now is 8-1.
Ray led Utah Valley's wrestling team in Omaha as he won the 133-pound Elite title. Ray went an impressive 5-0 en route to his title. Ray started off his day with a pin of Oklahoma's Dustin Reed (4:45) and finished it with a win via medical forfeit over Oklahoma State's Laddie Rupp in the finals.
Two of Ray's wins were by fall on the day and in the quarterfinals, he defeated Minnesota's Bart Reiter 6-2. Ray also picked up a 10-3 victory over South Dakota State's Nate Hansen.
The league honor is the second straight for Dallaserra and the first career award for Ray.
The Western Wrestling Conference, entering its fifth 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.