UW volunteer assistant defeats Olympic medalist
Pendleton and Foster each finish second
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Wyoming assistant coach wins in exhibition action
Duo is part of U.S. team set to wrestle Iran in friendly dual
Interview with Cowboy wrestling assistant coach Chris Pendleton, 6-8-11
Action shots from UW home duals
Chris Pendleton completed his fourth season as an assistant coach with the wrestling program at the University of Wyoming in 2013-14.
As the biggest assistant coach, he helped train Wyoming's upper weights. Pendleton was critical to the development of redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh, who was the conference champion at 184 pounds and junior Shane Woods, who won his second-straight West Regional title this year. Under his tutelage, Stroh won 28 matches and earned a spot in his first NCAA Championships, while Woods made his second trip to nationals, where he went 2-2. Stroh and Woods helped UW win its fourth regular-season dual title in six years.
Pendleton had a huge impact on the program in 2012-13, helping Alfonso Hernandez secure his second-straight All-America finish at 197 pounds. Pendleton helped train Hernandez, who was a two-time conference champion, along with 184-pounder Shane Woods, who won his first WWC title. Pendleton was a key contributor to UW, which captured its fourth-consecutive West Regional team title with four Cowboys earning individual crowns.
Pendleton has been a stalwart of the U.S. freestyle scene for years, wrestling in various international competitions. Most recently, he was 1-2 at the ASICS Las Vegas/Open Wrestling Championships in April 2014 at 97 kilograms (213 pounds). He became a U.S. National Team member for the third time with a second-place finish at the 2013 World Team Trials in June 2013. Pendleton went 2-2 at the Dave Schultz Memorial International wrestling tournament Jan. 31, 2013.
As a student-athlete, Pendleton was a two-time NCAA champion and three-time All-America honoree at Oklahoma State who brought instant name recognition to the UW wrestling program when Wyoming head coach Mark Branch announced that he would join the UW staff on July 1, 2010. Pendleton served as a volunteer assistant coach for OSU in 2009-10.
A Lemoore, Calif., native, Pendleton won NCAA titles at 174 pounds in 2004 and 2005 and was a three-time collegiate All-American (2003-05) while competing for OSU. He was a member of the team from 2001-05 while Branch was the associate head coach for the program. Pendleton defeated future two-time NCAA champion and Dan Hodge Trophy winner Ben Askren of Missouri for both of his titles. He was a leader on three Oklahoma State NCAA championship teams (2003-05), compiled a 118-12 record (91 percent win rate) as a collegian and was a 2006 USA National Team member. He recently was named as one of the 10 best college wrestlers of the 2000s by InterMat Magazine. He was a two-time Big 12 individual champion, claiming titles in 2003 and 2005. Pendleton also won the 145-pound California state championship in his senior year at Lemoore High School.
He is the son of Bill Pendleton and Lisa Cervantes. He has two younger brothers, Willy and Jacob. He was born Jan. 21, 1982.