Cowboys Claim Five Wrestling Crowns in Greeley
Five Wyoming Cowboy wrestlers won title at the Northern Colorado Open Sunday in Greeley. It marked the second straight tournament UW has won five.
Senior Gunnar Woodburn, junior Bryce Meredith, senior Cole Mendenhall, junior Archie Colgan and sophomore Branson Ashworth captured their individual crowns with perfect records.
Woodburn won the title at 125-pounds with two pins and two major decisions. Meredith utilized three pins in route to his championship at 141-pounds. At 149, Mendenhall won the title by major decision. He also had a tech fall in the semis. Colgan beat teammate Dewey Krueger, a red-shirt freshman, for the 157-pound crown. It was an 11-4 decision. Ashworth won a second consecutive title at UNC with a tech fall in the finals of the 165-pound division.
Wyoming also had a runner-up from freshman Montorie Bridges at the 133 weight class and junior Luke Paine at 184-pounds. Seven more Cowboys’ came through with third-place performances.
Next up, UW will begin their dual season by hosting Nebraska on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the UniWyo Sports Complex. The match will start at 3:30 p.m.
Wyoming Cross Country
Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls finished in 11th place at the NCAA Mountain Regional last Friday from Logan, UT.
Junior Lauren Hamilton led the Wyoming women. She took 33rd place with a time of 21:10.1 on the 6K course.
Junior Jonah Henry paced the Wyoming men with a time of 31:57.9. That was good for 41st.
The Colorado women and Northern Arizona men were favored, and both captured the team titles.
It was a tough road trip for the Wyoming Cowgirls to Nevada and San Diego State. They lost both matches.
The Wolfpack completed a season sweep of UW with a straight set victory last Thursday, 16-25, 23-25 and 12-25. Senior Laura Beach led the way with nine kills.
Saturday, it looked the Cowgirls would bounce back after they took the first two sets against the Aztecs. Wyoming would drop the next three and fall in the match, 3-2. Scores were 25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 18-25 and 12-15. Beach had 13 kills and ten blocks for her second career double-double. Setter Courtney Chacon registered her team-leading ninth double-double. She finished with 36 assists and 12 digs.
The Cowgirls fell to 17-11 on the season and 10-5 in the Mountain West. They play at Air Force Wednesday at 6 p.m.