No. 10 Cowboys Wrestlers Primed for Post-Season
Wyoming’s No. 10-ranked wrestling team is heating up as the post-season nears. Coming off back-to-back wins by 38-4 scores against No. 25 Utah Valley on Friday and Northern Colorado on Saturday, the Cowboys head into their final dual match of the season at Air Force on Friday night. The Cowboys have won 11 of the last 12 dual matches.
Bryce Meredith, who claimed career victories 100 and 101 last weekend, has a focus beyond the regular season. A two-time All-American, Meredith is looking to take the final step to a title after losing in the national title match two seasons ago.
Head coach Mark Branch, who will be seeking the 100th dual match victory of his coaching career at Air Force, said he is encouraged by how consistently the Cowboys have dominated the opposition.
“You wonder if things just kind of fell in the right place on one certain night,” said Branch, “but we’ve been making a habit of coming out and performing well. That’s good to see headed into this time of the year.”
In both meets over the weekend, Wyoming turned likely wins into blowouts by winning at weight classes where they weren’t necessarily favored. Senior Chaz Polson is the latest to do that, ending Saturday’s dual with a win over Northern Colorado’s Dylan Gabel, an NCAA qualifier.
“We’re both from Colorado,” Polson said, “and I don’t think I’ve ever beaten him, even when we wrestled when we were like 6 years old. He was always a tough guy, and he is a tough guy. It means a lot that I was able to get it done. It was great.”
Luke Paine and Sam Eagan also upset NCAA qualifiers the night before.
After the final dual match of the season at Air Force on Friday the Cowboys will participate in the Big 12 tournament at Tulsa March 3-4, and then Meredith and other qualifiers will advance to the NCAA championships March 15-17.