Poke’s Buchanan advances to Big 12 Wrestling Finals

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March 6, 2022 — The Wyoming Cowboy Wrestling squad got their postseason underway on Saturday at the Big 12 Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The highlight of the first day of action was the Pokes’ Stephen Buchanan advancing for his second straight 197 Pound Big 12 finals in dominant fashion. 

“I was really impressed with Stephen all day and especially in his semi-final win.” Head Wrestling Coach Mark Branch said. “Right now, Stephen is on fire, he could beat anyone in the country, and I think he’s starting to believe that.” 

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The top-seeded Buchanan opened the day strong against West Virginia’s Jackson Moomua, pinning the Mountaineer in the second period. Buchanan followed up that performance by defeating No. 8 seeded Evan Bockman (UVU) 12-4 in the quarterfinals. It was the third time this season that Buchanan has defeated Bockman, with all three wins coming by major decision.

In the 197 pound semi-finals, Buchanan took on No. 4 seed Yonger Bastida of Iowa State. Buchanan pinned Bastida with just three seconds left on the clock to punch his ticket to the Big 12 finals. In the process, Buchanan also automatically qualified for his third straight NCAA Championships.

In tomorrow night’s final, Buchanan will be up against No. 2 seeded Tanner Sloan of South Dakota State University.  

The Cowboys’ 157 pound Jacob Wright was the second Poke to make the semi-finals taking a more dramatic route to his semi-final appearance. After winning his opening match 5-1, Wright faced No. 4 seeded Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) in the quarterfinals. Wright had been bested by Jacques in their previous three meetings, but he flipped the script on Saturday afternoon. With only seconds left on the clock in the second overtime, Wright scored a reversal giving him a 3-2 win. Wright faced No. 1 seeded David Carr of Iowa State in the semi-finals, falling 7-4. Wright has now automatically qualified for his third NCAA championship.

After dropping his first match of the day, No. 5 seeded Hayden Hastings rattled off two straight wins outscoring those two opponents by a total score of 26-2. With those two dominant wins, Hastings qualified for his fourth consecutive NCAA Championships.

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Team Standings:
1. Missouri – 109.5, 2. Oklahoma – 93.5, 3. Oklahoma State – 90.0, 4. UNI – 85.0, 5. Iowa State – 82.5, 6. West Virginia – 56.0, 7. NDSU – 54.0, 8. SDSU – 54.0, 9. Wyoming – 43.0, 10. Air Force – 34.5, 11. Northern Colorado – 31.5, 12. Utah Valley – 30.0 

Other Cowboy Results:
125 – Jake Svihel – Lost to No. 8 Jace Koelzer (UNC), and to No. 2 Taylor LaMont (WVU) by fall (2:03) Svihel (WYO)

133 – Job Greenwoord – Lost to No. 1 Daton Fix (OSU) tech. fall and lost to Sidney Flores (AF) dec.

141 – Darren Green – Won by decision over Caleb Rea (WVU) 6-2, lost to No. 2 Clay Carlson (SDSU) 6-2, lost to No. 1 Ian Parker (ISU) 9-5

149 – Jaron Jensen – Lost to Jeff Boyd (WVU) by decision, lost by major decision to Josh Edmond (Missouri) major decision

165 – Cooper Voorhees – Lost to No. 2 Peyton Hall (WVU) by major decision, lost to No. 8 Joe Grello (OU) by decision

184 – Tate Samuelson – Won by major dec. Xavier Vasquez (UNC), lost to No. 6 Jeremiah Kent (Missouri), defeated No. 5 Cade King (SDSU) by decision, lost to No. 7 Keegan Moore (OU) by decision.

285 – Terren Swartz – Lost to No. 3 Sam Schuyler (ISU) by technical fall, lost to No. 5 Michael Wolfgram (WVU) by major decision