Cowboy Grapplers Compete at Reno Tournament of Champions
Dec. 18, 2007
RENO, Nev, -
University of Wyoming junior Eric Coxbill and redshirt freshman Cole Dallaserra both earned four victories for the Pokes as UW competed in the Brute Reno Tournament of Champions on Tuesday in Reno, Nevada. The Cowboys finished in 15th place with a team score of 24.5.
"We didn't have any guys seeded at the beginning at this tough tournament, yet we ended up having some guys come very close to placing," UW head coach Steven Suder said. "This is a tournament filled with great competition and we did a pretty good job."
Coxbill, 165 pounds, began the day by defeating Kris Spencer of Clackamas Community College 9-2, then fell to #2 Jake Dieffenbach of Oklahoma State 12-4. Coxbill fought back and won his next three matches including pinning Adam Fugit of Southwestern Oregon in 4:40. Coxbill improves his overall record to 14-9
"Eric (Coxbill) is not far away from becoming a really good wrestler," Suder continued. "He does some things very well for us and he is continuing to get better. He has been leading our team by example this season."
Dallaserra, 141 pounds, won his first two matches of the day before losing to #1 Nathan Morgan of Oklahoma State by fall in the second period. Dallaserra came back through the wrestlebacks earning two more wins. His first came as he pinned Josh Hensley of Adams State College in 2:12 and then he defeated Tony D'Alie of Central Michigan 5-1. Dallaserra was defeated in the round before placing by Elijah Nacita of Cal State Bakersfield 15-8. Dallaserra improved his record to 6-5 overall
"This is really Cole's (Dallaserra) first taste of college wrestling after redshirting last year," Suder said. "He is one of our most athletic guys on the team and he can be fun to watch."
UW senior Kyle Morrow (174) also had a good tournament for the Pokes going 2-2. Morrow wrestled a solid match in beating Derek Sickel of The Citadel 13-6. Morrow improved his record to 7-11 overall.
"I continue to feel like our guys are improving every time they step on the mat," Suder continued. "It can be discouraging sometimes when you watch guys make changes in practice and then not execute during competition. Our guys are making adjustments though and we still have lots of work to do. This was a great way for us to end the first half of our season and our success can be measured in a variety of different ways. We are anxious to begin the second half of our season with some guys that we didn't have for the first half. We are excited to get going."
Wyoming will now enjoy a break throughout the Christmas season until they head to South Grand Prairie, Texas to compete in the Lone Star Duals on Saturday, January, 5. The duals will run all day.