Wrestling



 Leland Pfeifer
Leland Pfeifer

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Hulett, Wyo.

High School:
Hulett

Height:
6-0

Event:
Heavyweight

Experience:
1L


02/19/2014

Road Test Wraps Up Regular Season For Cowboy Wrestling

UW faces conference leader North Dakota State

01/24/2014

Cowboys Race Past Mustangs, 29-12

Seven Cowboys come up big in second team win of season

01/09/2014

Wyoming Drops Dual Contest To No. 4 Sooners

Friesth and Stroh rack up nice wins

11/02/2013

Cowboy Wrestlers Dominate In Season Opener

UW brings home six tournament titles in Elite brackets

10/30/2013

Cowboy Wrestlers Hit The Mats For Opening Weekend

UW Hosts Cowboy Open and Ranking Matches

Career record:
2010-11: Redshirted
2011-12: 20-9 (4 falls)
2012-13: 3-11
2013-14: 10-12 (3 falls)
Totals: 33-32 (7 falls)

2013-14: Again showing he's a team-first wrestler, Pfeifer wrestled at heavyweight for much of the season for the Cowboys. Outweighed by nearly every opponent, he rallied for five victories, including three dual wins to end his season. He defeated Northern Colorado's Henry Chirino, rated 33rd in the final Coaches' Poll, in a 2-1 decision on Feb. 7.

Pfeifer began the season at 184 pounds, placing second in two open tournaments to open the year. He was the runner-up in the Cowboy and Northwest Opens, losing to teammate Benjamin Stroh in both title matches.

2012-13: Despite a knee injury that sidelined him for the first half of the season, Pfeifer showed toughness and the willingness to help his team in any way possible in 2013. The undersized Pfeifer moved up to the heavyweight spot in January to replace an injured teammate, and battled admirably. He won a 9-4 decision in the dual versus Cal Poly in January.

But where Pfeifer came up big was in the Western Wrestling Conference Championship/NCAA West Regional at the end of the season. He won two matches versus league opponents in the event, and his win in the consolation final was integral to UW's fourth-straight conference title. He was Third Team All-WWC for the first time in his career and finished 3-11 overall. For the second year in a row, Pfeifer was honored by the Cowboy coaching staff for maintaining a GPA above 3.5 for the season.

2011-12: Pfeifer had a successful season, splitting time at 197 pounds and heavyweight. He placed in five tournaments, including two wins at the Utah Valley and Rocky Mountain Opens at 197.

He was ninth on the team with 20 wins and eighth with five major decisions. Pfeifer appeared in one dual for the Pokes, narrowly losing to Cal Poly's Kelan Bragg at heavyweight Jan. 20. He also had four pins and two third-place finishes in tournaments.

He received recognition from the UW coaching staff for maintaining a GPA above 3.5 for the season.

2010-11: Pfeifer redshirted his first season with UW, while wrestling to a 17-9 record in six open tournaments at 197 pounds. He collected three pins and went 1-1 versus the WWC. In the classroom, he was named to the WWC Coaches' Honor Roll.

Pfeifer opened the season with third at the Northwest Open and followed with second at the Cowboy Open and fifth at the Kaufman-Brand Open, but failed to place at the UNK Loper Open and Utah Valley Open. He ended his season with third at the Rocky Mountain Open. His longest winning streak of the season was six matches.

High School: Pfeifer was a three-time Wyoming high school state champion. He wrestled for Hulett High School at the 2A level and won his state championship bracket as a sophomore, junior and senior at 215 pounds. He finished third as a freshman at 189 pounds.

A multi-sport athlete, Pfeifer was also named All-State for three years in football and was a Wyoming state champion in the shot put for Hulett's track and field team.

Personal: Pfeifer was born in Gillette, Wyo., and he is the son of Bill and Jeani Pfeifer. He has one sister, Mariel. He is pursuing a degree in geology at UW.

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