Wrestlers Can't Contain Cowboys In League Opener
LARAMIE, Wyo. - In the Western Wrestling Conference opener for both teams, Wyoming got on the scoreboard early and never looked back, defeating Northern Colorado 33-6 on Friday evening.
The dual started at a strong weight for the Cowboys (5-2, 1-0), 165 pounds, where ninth-ranked Shane Onufer got a technical fall over Kevin O'Brien - a recent transfer to the Bears (1-9, 0-1) from West Point - 19-4 (7:00). O'Brien was competing for the first time in a Northern Colorado uniform. The Cowboys also won the next six bouts to take a 30-3 advantage, though senior Tony Mustari gave 11th-ranked Michael Martinez everything he had, forcing overtime.
After no scoring in the first period, Mustari chose down to start the second stanza and took a 1-0 lead with an escape just 11 seconds into the period. Martinez tallied a takedown for the 2-1 score at the end of two. Both wrestlers earned a caution point and riding time knotted the score at 3-3 for overtime. Again no points were scored in the first period, but Martinez was able to tally an escape and takedown for the 6-3 victory.
Wrestling for the first time since the Cliff Keen Invitational on December 4, 20th-ranked Kenny Hashimoto (141) won a 9-2 decision over Chase Smith for the 30-3 team score. Hashimoto recorded a takedown in the first period and led throughout the bout.
Two classes later, junior Justin Gaethje (157) added three more points to the team total with a 6-4 decision over Jimmy Belleville for the 33-6 final.
The Bears return home for a 3:00 matchup with North Dakota State on Sunday. NC is proud to welcome UFC fighters Shane Carwin and Nate Marquardt for an autograph and photo session.
165: #9 Shane Onufer (WY) tech fall Kevin O'Brien, 19-4 (7:00),
174: Brock Smith (WY) major Patrick Prentice, 14-2, WY 9-0
184: #6 Joe LeBlanc (WY) fall Eric Brennan, 5:33, WY 15-0
197: LJ Helbig (WY) wins by forfeit, WY 21-0
285: Alfanso Hernandez (WY) dec. Justin Tuell, 3-2, WY 24-0
125: #11 Michael Martinez (WY) OT3 Tony Mustari, 6-3, WY 27-0
133: Cory VomBaur (WY) dec. Casey Cruz, 3-0, WY 30-0
141: #20 Kenny Hashimoto (NC) dec. Chase Smith, 9-2, WY 30-3
149: Cole Dallaserra (WY) dec. Justin Gonzales, 5-0, WY 33-3
157: Justin Gaethje (NC) dec. Jimmy Belleville, 6-4, WY 33-6