Wyoming Wrestling Falls To Cal Poly

Michael Martinez was one of five UW wrestlers to win Friday night.

Michael Martinez was one of five UW wrestlers to win Friday night.

Jan. 14, 2011

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The University of Wyoming wrestling program lost a close dual to the Cal Poly Mustangs on Friday night in an event that came down to the last match.

Wyoming took a 16-15 lead after Joe LeBlanc's 14-4 major decision over Kelan Bragg, so the final match between Cal Poly's Ryan Smith and Wyoming's L.J. Helbig at the 197-pound level was the deciding factor. Helbig dropped a 10-8 decision to Smith, and the Mustangs escaped with an 18-16 win.

Cal Poly got major decisions from Atticus Disney (285 pounds), Boris Novachkov at 141 and Barrett Abel at 157 as the Mustangs built a 12-9 lead in the first six bouts.

However, Wyoming (4-4 overall, 0-0 WWC) came away from the dual with some quality wins by several wrestlers.

In the 125-pound match, UW's Michael Martinez beat Brandan Rocha in a 7-3 decision, and 133-pounder Tyler Cox, who is ranked 20th at 125 pounds, followed that up with a 6-5 decision over No. 10 Filip Novachkov.

After a loss in the 141-pound matchup, Wyoming rebounded as No. 20 Cole Dallaserra took a 5-1 decision over Stephen Thalin in the 149-pound match. Sixth-ranked Shane Onufer used a late takedown to defeat No. 18 Ryan DesRoches for the second time this season in a 5-4 decision in the 165-pound match. Onufer now is 18-0 this season.

Cal Poly won two of the final three bouts to earn the team victory, improving to 5-0 in dual meets this season. Cal Poly is 4-0 in its all-time series against the Cowboys.

Match-by-match breakdown
(Wyoming wrestlers listed first)
125 pounds: Michael Martinez defeated Brandan Rocha in a 7-3 decision.
133: No. 20 Tyler Cox defeated No. 10 Filip Novachkov in a 6-5 decision.
141: Chase Smith lost to No. 4 Boris Novachkov in a 14-5 major decision.
149: No. 20 Cole Dallaserra defeated Stephen Thalin in a 5-1 decision.
157: Jimmy Belleville lost to Barrett Abel in a 16-8 major decision.
165: No. 6 Shane Onufer defeated No. 18 Ryan DesRoches in a 5-4 decision.
174: Patrick Martinez lost to Steven Vasquez in a 3-2 decision.
184: No. 6 Joe LeBlanc defeated Kelan Bragg in a 14-4 major decision.
197: L.J. Helbig lost to Ryan Smith in a 10-8 decision.
Heavyweight: Matthew McLaughlin lost to Atticus Disney in a 16-7 major decision.



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