Cowboys Suffer Tough Loss To No. 8 Huskers On Road
Jan. 3, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -
Redshirt freshman Cole Mendenhall provided a huge spark, but the University of Wyoming wrestling team suffered a dual loss to No. 8 Nebraska on Friday, 26-12.
The 141-pound Mendenhall gave UW six team points with a nice pin in the third period of his match to give the Pokes a 12-9 lead, but UW would fall in every match after that. The loss dropped the Pokes to 1-4 overall, with three losses to top-10 opponents.
"I thought they wrestled hard but I was frustrated with some sloppiness and not finishing takedowns," Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. "A lot of it was just mental mistakes in situations where we wrestled a hard match and let one slip away because we didn't take care of business. It's frustrating because we did have some good performances."
The action began at 197 pounds with UW's Shane Woods facing Spencer Johnson. Woods entered the third period down 3-1, but earned an escape to cut the margin to 3-2. With just six seconds to go, he secured a high single-leg attack for the takedown and the 4-3 win.
After a close loss at heavyweight, 10th-ranked Tyler Cox took on 12th-rated Tim Lambert of Nebraska at 125 pounds. The duo battled to a 1-1 tie after three periods, and Cox used 51 seconds of the overtime period to battle for a nice slide-by takedown with just nine seconds to go for the 3-1 win.
A forfeit at 133 for UW gave the Huskers a 9-6 lead entering the 141-pound bout. But Mendenhall gave the Cowboys the team lead with a pin at 6:11 in the 141-pound bout, and UW led 12-9. That was it for UW, as the Huskers won every bout remaining.
"That was a big win for Shane, and Cox's opponent is a stud and he wrestled a smart match," Branch said. "I was proud of Cole for his match, getting the fall for his team. There are some good things there. You have to feel like it was an opportunity that slipped away against an excellent team. That's the best fight we've put up against a team like that. It's tough when you give up six points (for the forfeit), but the team knows we're behind the 8-ball a bit. We have to overcome those things."
The Cowboys will face another top-10 squad Jan. 9 when they welcome the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners into the Arena-Auditorium for a 7 p.m. dual.