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Wyoming Wrestling Crowns Four Champions at Cowboy Challenge Tournament

STILLWATER, Okla. (Feb. 14, 2021) – The Cowboys crowned four champions, the most of any competing team, Sunday afternoon in Stillwater with all four winning wrestlers upsetting top ten opponents in the finals. Jacob Wright (157), Hayden Hastings (174), Tate Samuelson (184) and Stephen Buchanan (197) were all champions for the Cowboys.

“I’m really proud of our entire team and the way we wrestled today. We had some gutsy performances at 141 and 149 and some comeback performances in the finals.” Head Coach Mark Branch “I think today Really helped set the tone for the rest of the season. That’s something we haven’t really done in Gallagher-Iba before. To wrestle like that and those matches was great. I was really proud of our guys wrestled and we really took a big jump. I’m excited to see that they are starting believe themselves and it showed today.”

Wright would get his day started in dominant fashion outscoring his first two opponents 22-6 including a 14-4 victory over Chance McLane (OSU) in the quarterfinals. In the finals Wright would come up against No. 10 Wyatt Sheets (OSU). It would be a tight match, but after taking a 3-2 lead Wright shut down the offense of Sheets and came out with the win. It was his first top 10 win of the season.

At 174 Hastings had a solid day displaying stingy defense on his way to the finals. In his first two matches Hastings only allowed 5 points, defeating Sean Harman (MIZZ) in the semifinals, 6-3. Hastings squared off against No. 7 Dustin Plott (OSU) in the finals in what would be a close match. Hastings got to his offense early scoring some big takedowns and racking up the riding time. After a comeback from Plott, the riding time would prove to be the deciding factor in the match as Hastings won 8-7 thanks to the riding time point.

Samuelson had a strong day on his way to a title displaying the heart and effort of a champion. In the quarterfinals and semifinals he outworked his opponents doubling both of them up on the scoreboard. In the finals, Samuelson faced No. 7 Dakota Greer and defense was key in Samuelson’s victory.  He scored two takedowns off of counter attacks, including the match winning takedown to seal the victory 10-6.

For Buchanan, it was another bid day highlighted by a upset of a top five opponent. Buchanan faced No. 2 Noah Adams (WVU) who he beat a weekend ago when Adams was ranked No. 1. Buchanan proved it was no fluke winning another nail biting match. After trailing 4-2 with less than minute left, Buchanan escaped and went straight to attacking scoring a takedown with 12 seconds left, after adding on the riding time point he won 6-4.

The Cowboys also had four third place finishers on the day, including Chase Zollmann (141) and Jaron Jensen (149). Both Zollmann and Jensen won their third place matches by fall with Jensen recording a pin inside the first period.

Up next a select group of Cowboys will travel to Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 20 for a round robin style event with Sir Force, Northern Colorado and Utah Valley.


125 – Brendon Garcia – 4th place  

Quarterfinals – Garcia (WYO) Tech. Fall Colten Klein (OSU) 16-0

Semifinals – Noah Surtin (MIZZ) Dec. Garcia (WYO) 6-0

3rd place match – Stacey (WYO) INJ. Defualt Garcia (WYO)


125 – Darrick Stacey – 3rd place 

Quarterfinals – Stacey (WYO) Dec. Jakason Burks (OSU) 3-1

Semifinals – Dack Punke (MIZZ) Dec. Stacey (WYO) 3-1

3rd place match – Stacey (WYO) INJ. Garcia (WYO)


133 – No. 17 Job Greenwood – 4th place  

Semifinals – No. 1 Daton Fix (OSU) Fall (5:16) Greenwood (WYO)

3rd place match – Trey Crawford (MIZZ) Dec. Greenwood (WYO) 10-3


141 – No. 33 Chase Zollmann 

Quarterfinals – Zollmann (WYO) Major Dec. Caleb Rea (WVU) 11-0

Semifinals – Josh Edmond (MIZZ) Dec. Zollmann (WYO) 10-5

3rd place match – Zollmann (WYO) Fall (4:33) Jeff Boyd (WVU)


141- Darren Green 

Quarterfinals – No. 20 Dusty Hone Dec. Green (WYO) 4-0

Consolation – Green (WYO) Dec. Caleb Rea (WVU) 8-3


149 – Jaron Jensen – 3rd place 

Quarterfinals – Jensen (WYO) Fall (4:35) Cole Van Vleet (OSU)

Semifinals – No. 4 Boo Lewallen (OSU) Major Dec. Jensen (WYO) 12-4

3rd place match – Jensen (WYO) Fall (2:12) Jarod Kadel (OSU)


149 – Warren Carr 

Quarterfinals – No. 3 Brock Mauller (MIZZ) Dec. Carr (WYO) 4-0

Consolation – Carr (WYO) Dec. Brayden Roberts (WVU) 7-6


157 – No. 17 Jacob Wright – 1st place 

Quarterfinals – Wright (WYO) Major Dec. Chance McLane (OSU) 14-4

Semifinals – Wright (WYO) Dec. Jalin Harper (OSU) 8-2

Finals – Wright (WYO) Dec. No. 10 Wyatt Sheets (OSU) 3-2


165 – No. 23 Cole Moody – 3rd 

Semifinals- No. 4 Travis Wittlake Dec. Moody (WYO) 4-0

3rd place match – Moody (WYO) Med. Forfeit over Martell Boone (MIZZ)


174 – No. 9 Hayden Hastings – 1st 

Quarterfinals – Hastings (WYO) Dec. Christian Bahl (OSU) 5-2

Semifinals – Hastings (WYO) Dec. Sean Harman (MIZZ) 6-3

Finals – Hastings (WYO) Dec. No. 7 Dustin Plott (OSU) 8-7


174 – Guillermo Escobedo 

Sean Harman (MIZZ) Dec. Escobedo (WYO) 6-4 (SV-1)


184 – No. 17 Tate Samuelson – 1st place 

Quarterfinals – Samuelson (WYO) Dec. Anthony Carman (WVU) 5-2

Semifinals – Samuelson (WYO) Dec. Duwayne Villapondo (MIZZ) 8-4

Finals – Samuelson (WYO) Dec. No. 7 Dakota Greer (OSU) 10-6


197 – No. 6 Stephen Buchanan- 1st place 

Semifinals – Buchanan (WYO) Major Dec. Luke Surber (OSU) 13-3

Finals – Buchanan (WYO) Dec. No. 2 Noah Adams (WVU) 6-4


285 – Tucker Tomlinson 

Quarterfinals – Konner Doucet (OSU) Dec. Tomlinson (WYO) 3-1 (SV-1)

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