Wyoming Wrestlers Win One, Lose Two at National Duals
Jan. 10, 2009
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -
With aspirations of getting to the top themselves in the near future, the Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team got a first-hand view of the best in the nation on Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa, at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)/Cliff Keen National Duals. UW wrestled three dual matches and was 1-2.
The Cowboys faced the nationally ranked No. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes in the opening round and lost 38-3. Then, in the preliminary round of the consolation bracket Wyoming matched up with the Buffalo Bulls and earned a 24-10 victory. Next up for UW was the No. 16 Boise State Broncos, who ended the Cowboys' tournament by a score of 24-15.
The dual with Boise State showed how far the Wyoming team has come this season, as last year BSU beat UW by a score of 38-3.
Wyoming is now 4-2 in dual meets this season.
"We fought hard against Iowa and didn't lay down, so I wasn't disappointed in our effort," said Wyoming head coach Mark Branch. "Then we came back and wrestled better than we have all year against Buffalo and went hard against Boise State. Overall we showed some toughness and it was a great experience. The guys got to see some of the things I've been talking about all season and some of them made some good progress. Today was not about wins and losses, but about working towards our goal of being better at the end of the season.
"Cole (Dallaserra) had a huge win against Boise State and Jacob (Scharbrough) finally had an outstanding match (vs. Buffalo). Michael (Martinez) wrestled well all day."
Against Iowa and in front of a pro-Hawkeye crowd, redshirt freshman Michael Martinez was the only bright spot for the Cowboys. Martinez earned a 6-4 win at 125 pounds against the Hawkeyes' J.J. Krutsinger.
The `Pokes got better results versus Buffalo, winning seven of ten matches. Three of UW's victories were by major decision. Martinez (125) got his second win of the day, 10-1 over Dan Bishop. Then junior Cory VomBaur followed suit at 133 pounds with a 9-1 major decision over Taylor Golba. True freshman Jacob Scharborough also earned a decision by eight points or more, 12-4 over Nate Rock. Senior Eric Coxbill (157), junior Alex Rieder (165), as well as redshirt freshmen No. 17 Shane Onufer (174) and No. 10 Joe LeBlanc (184) all earned wins by decision over their Bulls' opponents.
Martinez saved his best for last and won his third match of the day against Boise State, a 5-3 upset victory in the 125-pound weight class over No. 18 Brian Owen. As a team, the `Pokes had three wins by decision and one by forfeit against the Broncos. At 141 pounds, sophomore Cole Dallaserra got a win for Wyoming over Cory Fish, 5-3, and at 197 pounds UW true freshman Alfonso Hernandez had an 8-3 decision over Ryan Allen. Scharborough won by forfeit at heavyweight.
The Cowboys will wrestle three duals in one day again next Saturday, Jan. 17. UW will take an east coast road trip and face Duke, Liberty and North Carolina State in head-to-head match-ups.
No. 1 Iowa (IA) 38, Wyoming (WYO) 3
Wyoming (WYO) 24, Buffalo (BUF) 10
No. 16 Boise State (BSU) 24, Wyoming (WYO) 15