Tulsa, OK (3-10/19) – Wyoming redshirt sophomore wrestler Montorie Bridges will make the first Big 12 title match appearance of his career today after going undefeated Saturday at the Big 12 Championships.
As a team, the Cowboys are in fifth place after Saturday’s matches with 50 team points. Seven Poke wrestlers still with a chance to place.
Bridges will face off with top-seeded and second-ranked Daton Fix of Oklahoma State on Sunday for the 133-pound Big 12 title. It will be a rematch of the pair’s contest during the Cowboys’ dual at Oklahoma State in November. Fix won that matchup, 3-0.
Green River native Cole Verner went 1-2 on Saturday and was eliminated from further competition. Here are his results: Quarterfinals: No. 3 Jay Schwarm (UNI) fall No. 6 Cole Verner (WYO) 4:14, First Round Consolation: No. 6 Cole Verner (WYO) TF Devin Brown (WVU) 18-0, Second Round Consolation: No. 7 Christian Moody (OU) dec. No. 6 Cole Verner (WYO) 3-2. Verner must now await to see if he receives an at-large invitation to the NCAA Championships.
Cowboy senior Branson Ashworth advanced to the semifinals for the second-straight season, dropping Iowa State’s Logan Schumacher by way of 7-2 decision, but came up short in his semifinal bout with No. 5 seed Andrew Fogarty of North Dakota State, 3-2. Ashworth will face off with Oklahoma State’s Joe Smith in the consolation semifinals on Sunday.
Redshirt freshman Hayden Hastings opened the day with a pair of nice wins, majoring South Dakota State’s Samuel Grove, 10-1, before a 9-3 upset over No. 4 seed Marcus Coleman of Iowa State. Hastings ran into the top seed Jacobe Smith of Oklahoma State in the semifinals, however, dropping the bout, 18-5. He’ll take on North Dakota State’s Lorenzo De La Riva in the consolation semis on Sunday.
Freshman Tate Samuelson was the fourth Cowboy to advance to the semifinals, as he avenged an earlier season loss to Fresno State’s Jackson Hemauer, coming up with the 5-2 decision; however, Samuelson came up short to top-seeded Sam Colbray of Iowa State in the semis. He’ll match up with Utah Valley’s Will Sumner in the consolation semifinals.
At 149 pounds, redshirt sophomore Jaron Jensen will wrestle for seventh on Sunday with a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. After a tough loss to second-seeded Max Thomsen in the preliminary round, Jensen bounced back with an impressive, 14-6 major decision over No. 8 seed Jack Van Maanen. The Cowboy, would come up just short, however, in the next round to No. 4 seed Christian Monserrat of West Virginia.
Sophomore heavyweight Brian Andrews will compete in the consolation semifinals after a 3-1 day on Saturday. Andrews opened the tournament with a convincing, 14-0 major over Northern Colorado’s Robert Winters before a tough loss to Utah Valley’s Tate Orndorff in the quarterfinals. Andrews took care of business in the wrestlebacks, handling North Dakota State’s Brandon Metz and South Dakota State’s Blake Wolters. He’ll take on Iowa State’s Gannon Gremmel in the consolation semis.
Sam Turner will wrestle for seventh after going 2-2 on Saturday. Turner started the day with a first-period fall over West Virginia’s Caleb Rea before coming up just short in a 3-2 bout with Dom Demas. The Cowboy redshirt sophomore bounced back with a 17-2 technical fall over South Dakota State’s Aric Williams before dropping a tough decision to top-seeded Josh Alber of Northern Iowa.
Cowboys Dewey Krueger and Cale Davidson were eliminated from the tournament, and will wait for word about potential at-large NCAA bids next week.