LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming wrestling team opens a busy weekend on Friday hosting Oklahoma State in the UniWyo Sports Complex at 7 p.m. MT. It is the dual home opener for the Pokes, as UW entertains the No. 2 ranked (Intermat Tournament Index Ranking) OSU. Oklahoma State also ranks No. 7 in the latest USA/Today NWCA Dual Poll. After Friday's action the Cowboys will head to Reno, Nev. for the Reno Tournament of Champions all day on Sunday.
A Look at Wyoming
A pair of Cowboys find themselves in the national rankings. Junior Ben Stroh, who moved to 174 pounds is ranked as high as 16th in the nation by Intermat Wrestling. He is also ranked 16th by FloWrestling and 17th by Amateur Wrestling News. Sophomore Bryce Meredith is ranked as high as 12th in the nation by FloWrestling. He is also ranked 13th by Amateur Wrestling News and 15th by Intermat.
The University of Wyoming wrestling team dropped a 19-14 decision to No. 19 Iowa State last Saturday afternoon in the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Sophomores Bryce Meredith and Archie Colgan alongside junior Drew Templeman and senior Tanner Harms earned wins for the Pokes in the dual.
Templeman got the Pokes off to a great start with a 9-1 major decision win over Kyle Larson at 125 pounds. Templeman recorded takedowns in each period and also added a point via riding time to earn the win. The Pokes' No.12 ranked Meredith earned a 3-2 decision over John Meeks at 141 pounds to give the Pokes a 7-4 lead over ISU. Meredith remains undefeated with a 7-0 mark and is 2-0 against members of the Big 12. Colgan responded with a 12-4 major decision win over Logan Britenbach at 157 pounds. It was his third major decision win of the season, as it gave the Cowboys an 11-7 lead going into the break. Senior Tanner Harms, who is ranked No. 19 in the nation closed out the dual with a win over Quean Smith by a score of 3-1 in sudden victory.
A Look at Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State comes into Friday's dual ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation in the latest Intermat Tournament Index Rankings. OSU also ranks No. 7 in the nation in the latest USA Today/NWCA Poll. Oklahoma State features three top ranked wrestlers with 141-pounder Dean Heil, 165-pounder Alex Dieringer and 174-pounder Kyle Crutchmer. OSU is 3-2 overall in duals this season and 2-0 in the Big 12 Conference. On Sunday, Oklahoma State downed rival Oklahoma 37-3 in Norman.
He Said it
"We need to take one thing at a time and we have a big dual on Friday, but you need to also plan on getting to Reno," UW head coach Mark Branch Said. "We have to focus on the task at hand and when you have a team like Oklahoma State coming in you have to place a 100 percent of your attention on them."
Series History The Cowboys and Oklahoma State will meet for the 20th time. OSU leads the all-time series 18-0-1 after defeating the Pokes 19-12 in Stillwater, Okla. on Feb. 6, 2015.
125: Drew Templeman vs. #5/5/5 Eddie Klimara (OSU)
133: P.T. Garcia vs. #10/11/12 Kaid Brock (OSU)
141: #15/12/13 Bryce Meredith vs. #1/1/1 Dean Heil (OSU)
149: Austin Breckenridge vs. #12/9/12 Anthony Collica or Jonce Blaylock (OSU)
157: Archie Colgan vs. Chance Marsteller (OSU)
174: #16/16/17 Benjamin Stroh vs. #2/1/2 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU)
184: Jace Jensen vs. #18/16/14 Alex Boyd or Jordan Rogers (OSU)
197: Brandon Tribble vs. Austin Schafer (OSU)
285: #20/NR/19 Tanner Harms vs. #4/4/4/ Austin Marsden (OSU)
*Rankings reflect the latest InterMat/FloWrestling/Amateur Wrestling News individual polls.