Dec. 13, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The last tournament of 2012 for the Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team will be a big test, when UW competes in the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev., on Sunday.
Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. MT Sunday over 12 mats in the Reno Convention Center. Finals will begin at 7 p.m. MT for the one-day event.
Wyoming returns to the state of Nevada for an event just two weeks after competing in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The RTOC is the last event in which the Cowboys will compete in the calendar year.
UW could add another title to its collection with a good performance. The Cowboys won their first-ever crown at the RTOC in 2010, beating out Boise State for the team championship by 1.5 points. In the 2011 edition, the Pokes were a combined 43-21 in matches and finished second to Oklahoma State.
UW is among 24 teams in the collegiate field of what organizers say is the "Toughest Tournament in the U.S.A." Wyoming hopes to outperform the likes of Boise State, Cal Poly, Michigan State and Oregon State, each of which is in the top 50 of the latest InterMat polls.
Seven Cowboys placed at the RTOC last season, including current Cowboys Kasey Garnhart (fifth at 125), sophomore Zach Zehner (second at 133) and Alfonso Hernandez, who was third at 197. Sophomore Tyler Cox placed third in the 2010 RTOC at 125.
Probable lineup with season record
125 pounds: Sophomore Tyler Cox (14-6)
133: Senior Kasey Garnhart (7-7)
141: Senior McCade Ford (9-9)
141: Junior Kyle Komata (4-5)
149: Sophomore Brandon Richardson (9-7)
149: Redshirt freshman Austin Breckenridge (8-7)
157: Sophomore Andy McCulley (14-3)
165: Sophomore Dakota Friesth (7-10)
174: Senior L.J. Helbig (9-6)
174: Senior Michael Poulos (4-6)
184: Sophomore Shane Woods (8-8)
197: Senior Alfonso Hernandez (15-1)
285: Redshirt freshman Tanner Harms (11-5)