Three winners and three finalists honored
Three juniors and one redshirt freshman make up UW contingent
UW faces conference leader North Dakota State
Seven Cowboys come up big in second team win of season
Friesth and Stroh rack up nice wins
Interview with Cowboy wrestler Tyler Cox, 6-8-11
2013-14: The program's active leader in career wins with 89, Cox had another great season as a junior 125-pounder. After starting the season 13-0, he tied for the team lead with 29 victories during the season. He racked up his first career Western Wrestling Conference title after knocking off No. 4 Josh Martinez (Air Force) in the conference title bout. Cox was beating Martinez 10-2 when the Air Force wrestler took an injury default.
Cox earned the No. 9 seed for the NCAA Championships, but went just 1-2. He led the Cowboys in dual wins with 10, scoring 41 dual points. He posted five pins and four technical falls. He knocked off four ranked wrestlers during the season, and all seven of his losses came to ranked opponents. He won three tournaments, including the Cowboy Open, Northwest Open and the Reno Tournament of Champions.
2012-13: Cox had a breakout season as a sophomore, finishing eighth in the nation at 125 pounds to earn All-America status at the NCAA Championships. Seeded 12th, Cox won four matches at nationals to stand on the podium. The talented lightweight emerged as a team leader for the Cowboys, finishing with a team-best 35 wins with just 11 losses. He owned a 6-4 mark versus ranked wrestlers and upset two higher seeds at NCAAs to finish as an All-American. Prior to the season, UW had not had a wrestler less than 150 pounds who was an All-American since Craig Walters was fourth in 1988 at 126 pounds.
To get to nationals, Cox finished third in the West Regional, going 2-1 in a bracket featuring four ranked wrestlers. He earned the automatic bid after he pinned Utah Valley's Jade Rauser in the third-place match. That victory gave Wyoming crucial team points in a tight team race, as UW won its fourth-straight crown.
He was just as impressive in the regular season, going 14-1 in dual action with six pins and three technical falls. He placed sixth in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and won the Reno Tournament of Champions. Cox had a 10-match win streak, and lost just two matches in January and February. He battled a rib injury, but did not miss any action.
He was given the Joe McDaniel Most Improved Wrestler award by the UW coaching staff after the season.
2011-12: Cox did not wrestle for the Cowboys in 2011-12. He wrestled in the Olympic Team Trials in April 2012.
2010-11: Cox crafted a solid first season in UW's starting rotation. He started his redshirt freshman campaign at 125 pounds, but moved to 133 in January to finish with a 25-13 overall record, including 10-6 in duals. He had seven pins, three technical falls and two major decisions.
Cox opened the season with a third-place showing at the Cowboy Open and placed sixth at the Kaufman-Brand Open, before winning the UNK-Loper Open with five-straight victories, including two pins. He also placed third at the Reno Tournament of Champions to help UW to a team title, before the dual season began. Cox went 8-6, including three technical falls, in January and February during the heart of the dual season. He wrestled at 125 at the Virginia Duals, before moving to 133 down the stretch. He ended his season with an 0-2 showing at the West Regional.
2009-10: Cox redshirted in his initial year with the Cowboy program. In open events, he racked up a 20-4 record, with five pins, three technical falls and five major decisions. He was named Outstanding Wrestler in the amateur division of the Cowboy Open. In addition to that win, he placed first at the Northwest Wyoming event and the Utah Valley Open, where he was also the OW.
High School: A four-time Wyoming state champion at Campbell County High School, he had a high school record of 161-2, undefeated as a sophomore and junior. Cox won the 4A state title at 112 pounds his last three years and earned the top spot at 103 pounds as a freshman. He was a two-time FILA World Team member and wrestled in the Junior World Championships in Beijing in 2007. Cox won the 110-pound division at the High School National Wrestling Championships in 2008. Heavily recruited, Cox chose UW over Minnesota and other schools. He also lettered in football as a sophomore and junior. He was the 2009 Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year.
Personal: Cox was born in Glendale, Ariz., and he is the son of Richard and Jodie Cox. His older sister is Kristy and his older brother is Brandon. He is pursuing a degree in criminal justice at UW.