Dec. 13, 2011
OREM, Utah - University of Wyoming 133-pound redshirt freshman Zach Zehner (Tomahawk, Wis./Tomahawk HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week after defeating a ranked opponent last week. The conference award was announced Tuesday by the league.
Zehner was one of four Cowboys to win matches in Wyoming's dual versus No. 21 Nebraska last Saturday. Zehner, who was ranked 16th, took on the Cornhuskers' 18th-ranked Ridge Kiley in the 133-pound bout.
Zehner earned an escape point at the beginning of the second period to take a 1-0 lead. Kiley then went ahead 2-1 after a takedown, but Zehner got a reversal to retake the lead at 3-2 entering the third period. Kiley picked up a late escape point to tie it, but Zehner earned a riding time point to win 4-3.
The Wyoming grappler is now 4-2 on the year against ranked opponents and the victory also marked Zehner's third-straight win over Kiley this season. Zehner's victory gave the Cowboys a 9-3 advantage in the dual, but the Pokes eventually fell to the Huskers, 19-15.
The WWC weekly honor is Zehner's first of his career and the fourth weekly conference award won by a Wyoming grappler this season.
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.
2011-12 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 9 - Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Nov. 15 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Nov. 22 - Kasey Garnhart (Wyoming)/Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Nov. 29 - Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)
Dec. 6 - Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)
Dec. 13 - Zach Zehner (Wyoming)