Irving, Texas (Jan. 10, 2018) â€“ University of Wyoming redshirt freshman Montorie Bridges has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.
Bridges, ranked as high as No. 5 in the country at 133 pounds, went 4-0 at the UNC Duals last Friday. Two of his wins came via major decision and he was one of three Pokes to complete the dual with a perfect mark.
The Altus, Okla., native earned his first of two wins over ranked opponents on Friday against then-No. 19 Zach Sherman of North Carolina. He exploded with a 19-9 major over Dukeâ€™s Josh Finesilver to close the morning session. In the afternoon, Bridges picked up a 10-4 decision against Lane Peters of Army before ending the day with a 10-2 major over No. 4 Josh Terao of American. Before the UNC Duals, Bridges earned his first win over a top-five opponent against Oklahoma State on Dec. 19. He defeated No. 3 Kaid Brock with an 11-10 decision.
The Big 12 weekly honor is the first of Bridgesâ€™ career and Wyomingâ€™s second this season. Senior Bryce Meredith won the award on Dec. 20.
The No. 11 Cowboys host CSU Bakersfield on Friday night. The dual will begin at 7 p.m. MT in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Tickets are available at the Wyoming Athletic Ticket Office, over the phone at 307-766-7220, or online here.