Wyoming grap­plers thump Utah Val­ley

The Wyoming Cow­boys wrestling team got back on the win­ning track in a big way against West­ern Wrestling Con­fer­ence foe Utah Val­ley Sat­ur­day after­noon, defeat­ing the Wolver­ines 37–3 at the Uni­Wyo Sports Com­plex in Laramie.

Wyoming (7−3, 2–0 WWC) con­tin­ues action lat­er today against its sec­ond WWC oppo­nent of the after­noon North­ern Iowa. The pokes can take sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the WWC stand­ings with a win over UNI. Utah Val­ley (6−2, 2–1 WWC) defeat­ed North­ern Iowa 19–16 ear­li­er in the day.

The Wolver­ines took the first match at 125 pounds when No. 13-ranked Ben Kjar escaped No.11 Michael Mar­tinez 5–3 for a Utah Val­ley 3–0 lead, but they would not score again as the home team dom­i­nat­ed from there on out.

“I wasn’t too wor­ried about us being flat or tired,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “We’ve trained hard enough to wres­tle three match­es, so it was just mak­ing sure putting the loss (to Okla­homa State the day before) behind us. A lot of guys had heart-break­ing loss­es. You can’t sulk when you have com­pe­ti­tion the next day. We addressed it last night and put it behind us. We were in some tough bat­tles and we found ways to win, which is what we didn’t do against our com­pe­ti­tion last night. It’s good to see us get in those tight match­es today and win them.”

Cory Vom­baur got things start­ed for the Pokes at 133 pounds defeat­ing Flint Ray of UVU in a nar­row 3–2 deci­sion to tie the duel up.

No. 10 Shane Onufer got back to his win­ning ways in the 165 pound match against Jeb Clark of UVU with a win by fall in the first peri­od to earn the Cow­boys six points.

No. 6 Joe LeBlanc also rebound­ed from a dis­ap­point­ing loss from the night before to score a 15–5 major deci­sion win over Casen Eldridge of UVU.

“I think he lets the big match some­times get to him, but he came out and wres­tled with a lot of atti­tude,” Branch said about LeBlanc. “That’s what we talked about. Last night he had no atti­tude of fin­ish­ing, he was want­i­ng to eek em’ out. You saw it today. When he got in, he was like, ‘I’m com­ing at you today,’ obvi­ous­ly it’s good to see him get back on track. We just got to have him doing that against the top-lev­el com­pe­ti­tion, and he’s done that.”

The Cow­boys will take the mat again this evening against North­ern Iowa at 5:30 p.m., in the Uni­Wyo Sports Com­plex.