The Wyoming Cowboys won their second dual on the day beating the Northern Iowa Panthers 26–12 to take over sole possession of first place in the Western Wresting Conference standings at the UniWyo Sports Complex Saturday evening.
Wyoming (8−3, 3–0 WWC) got off to a quick start and never looked back, while Northern Iowa (6−10, 2–2 WWC) dropped both its duals on the day.
The Cowboys started the dual off in a big way at the 125 pound spot with No. 11-ranked Michael Martinez rebounding from a two-match losing streak to upend Terrance Young of UNI 6–0 on an injury default.
Northern Iowa got on the board in the 141 pound match when Charlie Ettelson beat Cory Vombaur of UW 4–1 to cut the overall score to 9–3.
The Panthers would cut that margin to 9–6 heading into the 157 pound match between Jeremy Belleville of UW and Tyson Reiner of UNI until Belleville pinned Reiner in the first period to take the match by fall giving UW a comfortable 15–6 lead and they would coast from there.
No. 10 Shane Onufer and No. 6 Joe LeBlanc continued their winning ways on the day by posting shutout wins in the 165 and 184 pound matches against Nick Pickerell and Scott Hazen of UNI. Onufer and LeBlanc defeated their opponents by a combined score of 20–0.
I wasnt expecting tough battles from those teams and we did individually, but we came out on the winning end on a lot of the close matches, UW head coach Mark Branch said. We had some pretty inspiring performances with Kasey Garnhart, especially coming back, Jimmy Belleville picking up a big win. We had a lot of good gutty performances. Im pleased with that; those were two important conference wins. I think we can feel good where were at in the conference. Most of our duels left are in conference and we got to look at finishing our conference strong to really set up our seeding for the (WWC) tournament.
Wyoming will continue conference play when it heads to Brookings, S.D., to take on the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State Friday at 6 p.m.