Cowboy Wrestling Captures 26-9 Road Win Over Northern Colorado, Concludes Regular Season With 11-4 Dual Record
17th-Ranked Pokes Now Look Forward to WWC Championships/NCAA West Regional on March 7
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
Action shots from UW home duals
2013-14: One of the team's leaders as a junior, Friesth had a breakout performance in 2013-14. He tied for the team lead with a career-high 29 wins, including his first two victories over ranked opponents. Friesth was third in the season-opening Cowboy Open at 165 pounds, following that up with a first-place finish at the Northwest Open. He helped UW in a dual win over Boise State, scoring three team points in a 17-15 win in the last bout with an 8-3 decision. He placed third in the Reno Tournament of Champions, winning eight bouts after dropping his first match. He was 8-3 in duals and led the team with seven major decisions.
He finished second in the West Regional at 165 pounds and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, posting a 1-2 mark in his nationals debut.
2012-13: Friesth had a solid finish to his season, placing third at the West Regional at 165 pounds. He was on the all-conference team for the first time in his career, earning a spot on the third team. He won five of his last seven bouts to end the season, going 2-1 at the West Regional. His win in the consolation final gave UW valuable team points in its eventual fourth-straight WWC title.
Friesth went 17-18 for the season after starting the year at 157 pounds and moving up to 165. He went 5-9 in dual action and won three bouts versus conference opponents.
2011-12: Friesth was eighth on the Cowboys in total victories (21) and third with eight major decisions. He appeared in five duals for the Pokes and earned a 5-3 record versus Western Wrestling Conference opposition. He placed in four tournaments, including a second-place honor in the Northwest Open at 157 pounds.
2010-11: Friesth redshirted his first season in the UW program while competing in six open tournaments at 157 pounds. He had a 23-6 overall record, including 8-1 against the WWC, to go with five major decisions, four pins and three technical falls.
He started 2010-11 on a strong note with a second at the Northwest Open and third at the Cowboy Open with a combined 11-2 record, but failed to place in the Kaufman-Brand and UNK Loper opens. He rebounded to finish the 2010-11 campaign with titles at the Utah Valley and Rocky Mountain Opens. He won his final nine matches of the season.
High School: Friesth attended Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School where he placed fifth at the state tournament as both a junior and senior. His high school record during those two years was 81-10 and he was conference champion as a senior. He was an Honor Roll student all four years and also played soccer as a senior.
Personal: Friesth was born in Ames, Iowa, and he is one of five children of Greg Friesth and Charlotte Jensen. His siblings are Brittany, Casey, Even and Anna. He is studying criminal justice at UW.