`Pokes Sweep East Coast Wrestling Duals, Run Record to 7-2
Jan. 17, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team made their furthest road trip of the season a good one, as they defeated the Duke Blue Devils, Liberty Flames and North Carolina State Wolfpack in dual action on Saturday.
To begin their day, the Cowboys beat the Flames 44-3 on a neutral mat in Raleigh, N.C. The `Pokes then remained at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh and wrestled the Wolfpack, winning 26-16. Finally, a 30-minute bus ride to Durham, N.C., saw UW defeat the Blue Devils, 36-6.
Wyoming had numerous notable performances, led by five Cowboys who had 3-0 records on the day. Redshirt freshman Michael Martinez was unbeaten at 125 pounds, as were juniors Cory VomBaur (133) and Alex Rieder (165), redshirt freshman Joe LeBlanc (184) and true freshman Jacob Scharbrough at heavyweight. Both Rieder and Scharbrough had two of their victories by fall.
Wyoming is now 7-2 in dual meets this season. Liberty falls to 5-6-1, while N.C. State is 3-7-1. Liberty and N.C. State tied 22-22 following their respective duals with the `Pokes. The Cowboys handed Duke their first loss of the season and the Blue Devils are now 5-1. Duke had beaten N.C. State earlier this week 26-22.
All three UW duals began with the 125-pound match and Liberty had to forfeit the weight to Wyoming's Martinez right out of the blocks. The Cowboys would never look back against the Flames, winning eight of nine matches wrestled, six of those by bonus-point margins in the 44-3 rout. Rieder pinned his opponent in 2:10 at 165-pounds, while No. 17-ranked redshirt freshman Shane Onufer (174) got the fall at 1:05. No. 9-ranked LeBlanc (184) stuck his guy at 3:33 and Scharbrough (Hwt.) won by fall at 4:50. Redshirt freshman Chase Smith (149) scored an 8-0 major decision victory over Frankie Gayeski and freshman Alfonso Hernandez ran up a 10-0 major decision against Andrew Wilson. VomBaur (133) and senior Eric Coxbill (157) won by decision against Liberty.
UW's match-up with N.C. State was the closest of the day, but the Cowboys still won by 10 points thanks to five individual victories and one forfeit. Martinez (125) scored four team points with a 12-3 major decision over Mike Moreno and then VomBaur (133) bumped Wyoming's lead to 7-0 with his 4-3 decision over Darrius Little. The Wolfpack would then pick up three straight wins (141, 149, 157) to take a 13-7 lead. Rieder (165) evened the match at 13-13 with his second pin of the day at 5:45 over Ray Ward. Onufer was then upset at 174 pounds in a 5-2 decision by Jake Burge to give N.C. State the lead back at 16-13, but a 10-1 major decision by LeBlanc at 184, a forfeit by the Wolfpack at 197 and a 6-2 decision by Scharbrough at heavyweight would seal the 26-16 dual win for the `Pokes.
Against Duke, the Cowboys lost only one match and won handily, 36-6. For the third time in as many duals, Martinez gave UW a good start with a major decision over Peter Terrezza, 19-9. VomBaur would get a 5-4 decision and then sophomore Cole Dallaserra got a much-needed win for himself at 141 pounds by pinning Spencer Jasper at 4:57. Smith followed with a 10-0 major decision for Wyoming, Coxbill won 6-0, Rieder followed suit with an 8-4 triumph and Onufer was victorious 6-1. LeBlanc cruised to a 16-4 major decision and Scharbrough ended the trip with his second pin at 1:18.
The Cowboys will be off from competition next weekend before hosting two home duals the following Friday and Saturday. Wyoming will begin the Western Wrestling Conference portion of their schedule when they take on South Dakota State in Laramie on Jan. 30. They will then face WWC foe North Dakota State the following evening, Jan. 31. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.
Wyoming (WYO) 44, Liberty (LIB) 3
125 pounds - Michael Martinez (WYO) by forfeit: 6-0 WYO
Wyoming (WYO) 26, North Carolina State (NCST) 16
125 pounds - Michael Martinez (WYO) by major decision over Mike Moreno (NCST), 12-3: 4-0 WYO
Wyoming (WYO) 36, DUKE 6
125 pounds - Michael Martinez (WYO) by major decision over Peter Terrezza (DUKE), 19-9: 4-0 WYO