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Cowboys Down Air Force for First Conference Win of the Season

Laramie, Wyo. (Jan. 30, 2021) – The Wyoming wrestling team picked up their first conference win of the season Saturday night against Air Force inside the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys won seven of the ten matches on their way to a 22-9 victory.

“I saw some good things in the additional matches, saw some guys taking some things we have been working in practice and applying them in their matches.” Head Coach Mark Branch Said. “In the dual I was really proud of Stephen Buchanan. He was really looking to dominate tonight and it showed. Overall it was a good dual win.”

After dropping the first two matches of the dual No.16 Jacob Wright would put the pokes on the board. Wright scored a takedown early in the second and would add on two more takedowns in the third to beat Parker Simington (AF), 8-3.

At 165 No.24 Cole Moody kept it rolling for the Cowboys. Moody had a very efficient performance controlling Vincent Dolce (AF) from the top position on his way to a 4-1 win.

It would be another controlling performance at 174 pounds as No.11 Hayden Hastings shutout No.31 Cody Suratt. Hastings picked up a reversal in the second and from there would ride out his opponent the rest of the match, winning 3-0.

No.18 Tate Samuelson made it two shutout victories in a row after beating Sam Wolf (AF) 6-0. Samuelson would earn his shutout behind an escape and takedown and would add on stalling and riding time points.

The only bonus point victory on the night would come from No.15 Stephen Buchanan at 197 pounds. Buchanan jumped all over Kayne Hutchinson (AF) early scoring two takedowns in the first 20 seconds. From there he would tack on three more takedowns on his way to securing a 16-3 victory.

At Heavyweight No.11 Brian Andrews and No.26 Wyatt Hendrickson would have a very tight match. It would be all Andrews early as he picked up two quick takedowns. In the third Hendrickson would come storming back but Andrews held on and walked away with the 10-9 victory.

In the marquee and final match of the dual it was No.22 Job Greenwood squaring off against No.15 Jared Van Vleet. The two grapplers would trade takedowns and escapes and were tied at four going into the third. In dramatic fashion Greenwood would lock up a body lock with 10 seconds to go and secure the go-ahead takedown to upset No.15 Van Vleet.

The Cowboys also hosted a total of 13 additional individual matches against Air Force on the day. The Cowboys would win 10 of those 13 matches highlighted by Wright, Moody and Buchanan all going 2-0.

Up next Wyoming will stay at home and host Big 12 foe West Virginia next Saturday, Feb.6.

Wyoming 22, Air Force 9
Jan. 30, 2021 | Laramie, Wyo.
141: No. 25 Lenny Petersen (AF) Dec. Chase Zollmann (WYO) 5-2
149: Dylan Martinez (AF) dec. Jaron Jensen (WYO) 9-4
157: No.16 Jacob Wright (WYO) Dec. Parker Simington (AF) 8-3
165: No.24 Cole Moody (WYO) Dec. Vincent Dolce 4-1
174: No.11 Hayden Hastings (AF) dec. No.31 Cody Suratt (AF) 3-0
184: No.18 Tate Samuelson (WYO) dec. Sam Wolf (AF) 6-0
197: No. 15 Stephen Buchanan (WYO) MD Kayne Hutchinson (AF) 16-3
HWT: No.11 Brian Andrews (WYO) dec. No.26 Wyatt Hendrickson (AF) 10-9
125: No.28 Cody Phippen (AF) dec. Brendon Garcia (WYO) 9-4
133: No.22 Job Greenwood (WYO) dec. No.15 Jared Van Vleet (AF) 6-4

Additional Matches Results 

184- Calvin Sund (AF) Dec. Guillermo Escobedo (WYO) 4-2

197- Tucker Tomlinson (WYO) Dec. Garrett Henigin (AF) 8-3

125- Darrick Stacey (WYO) Fall (2:44) Graham Shore (AF)

141- Darren Green (WYO) Major Dec. Garrett Bowers (AF)

165- Jacoby Ward (AF) Dec. Hayden Lieb (WYO) 7-1

174- Harlan Steffensmier (AF) Tech. Fall Nate Moore (WYO)

184- Escobedo (WYO) Dec. Brock Jennings (AF) 5-2

195- Tomlinson (WYO) Dec. Cole Forrester (AF) 4-3

157- Wright (WYO) Fall (4:42) Trey Brisker (AF)

165- Moody (WYO) Major Dec. Noah Blake (AF) 14-2

197- Buchanan (WYO) Fall (3:31) Casey Jumps (AF)

125- Will Vom Baur (AF) Dec. Garcia (WYO) 3-2

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