Wyoming assistant coach wins in exhibition action
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Interview with Cowboy wrestling assistant coach Chris Pendleton, 6-8-11
Action shots from UW home duals
Chris Pendleton completed his second year as an assistant coach with the wrestling program at the University of Wyoming in 2010-11. Pendleton was a key cog to the UW machine that captured its third-consecutive West Regional team title with four Cowboys capturing individual crowns. The Pokes kept that momentum at the NCAA Championships with juniors Alfonso Hernandez (197) and senior Joe LeBlanc (184) earning All-America honors for a 19th-place team finish.
Pendleton was a two-time NCAA Champion and three-time All-American who brought instant name recognition to the UW Wrestling program when Wyoming head coach Mark Branch announced that he would be joining the UW staff on July 1, 2010. Pendleton served as a volunteer assistant coach for OSU in 2009-10.
A Lemoore, Calif., product, Pendleton won NCAA titles at 174 pounds in 2004 and 2005 and was a three-time collegiate All-American (2003-05) while competing for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He was a member of the OSU squad 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.