17 Wyoming Cowboys Place At UNK Wrestling Open

Kearney, NE  The University of Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team took part in the UNK Holiday Inn Open on Saturday. Six Pokes earned titles for Wyoming between the elite and amateur divisions, while a total of 17 placed.

After competing against the University of Nebraska Friday night, a number of Wyoming Cowboys came out ready to compete Saturday morning. Ronnie Stevens (133 pounds), Archie Colgan (157 pounds), Branson Ashworth (165 pounds), Chaz Polson (184 pounds) and Cale Davidson (197 pounds) brought home titles in the elite bracket, as freshman Hayden Hastings earned his championship competing at 165 pounds in the amateur division.

In the 133 finals, Stevens won by 3-2 decision over teammate Trent Olson. Sophomore Drake Foster also placed third at 133 pounds for UW.

The Pokes dominated at 157 pounds, much like 133 pounds. Colgan topped sophomore Dewey Krueger in the finals with an 8-2 decision.

Ashworth had no problems with the 165 pound competitors on Saturday. He pinned (1:20) Keenan Willits of Colorado School of Mines in the finals for his second open tournament title of the season.

At 184 pounds, Polson pinned (1:09) freshman Carless Looney for his title and freshman Cale Davidson ran through the competition at 197 pounds, including a 4-2 decision over Konnor Schmidt of Western State in the elite 197 finals.

Hastings led the Pokes on the amateur side of the bracket. He picked up a fall (3:28) of Chris Paulson from Briar Cliff in the first-place match for his championship.

Green River’s Cole Verner (125 pounds) also earned a second-place finish in the elite bracket alongside Kyle Pope (174 pounds).

Doyle Trout (125 pounds), a Nebraska native, placed in his first tournament as a Cowboy. He was joined by Ben Hornickle (149 pounds) as each took home fourth-place in their respective weights, while Sam Turner (149 pounds) placed fifth during the open. In the amateur bracket, freshman Casey Randles (174 pounds) placed second, as Jed Loveless (157 pounds) earned fifth place.

“We have this next week to figure out our lineup for the Cliff Keen Invite,” Branch added. “We’ll get back to work, get a few guys healthy and ready to go as we look forward to competing in Las Vegas.” The two-day invitational will take place in Las Vegas on Dec. 1-2.

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