Jan. 21, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Utah Valley wresting team fell to No. 12 Wyoming Saturday night at the UniWyo Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo., 36-6.
UVU 125-pounder Colby Christensen and 141-pounder Avery Garner led the Wolverines (3-6, 0-2 WWC) by picking up the two victories in the dual over a tough Cowboy (4-2, 1-0 WWC) squad.
With the Wolverines trailing 6-0 entering the second match, Christensen wrestled well against UW's Kasey Garnhart. Christensen picked up the first point of the match on an early escape in the second period, the two then held each other scoreless until the final period. In the third frame, Garnhart then tied the score on an escape of his own but Christensen followed it up with a takedown and riding time to pull out a 4-1 decision win.
After a Wyoming win at 133-pounds, UVU's Garner then countered with another Wolverine victory. Garner took on the Cowboys' Mike Hamel and Hamel got on the board first with an early takedown. Garner then fought back in the second period with an escape and takedown to pull ahead 3-2. The UVU redshirt sophomore then held on to the victory in the third with another takedown and stall point to defeat Hamel 6-2. Garner's win pulled the Wolverines back within striking distance down just 12-6 at the time.
The rest of the dual then went Wyoming's way as they won the final six bouts of the night. UW's Robert Stroh (149 pounds), Andy McCulley (157), No. 3 Shane Onufer (165), Pat Martinez (UW), No. 1 Joe LeBlanc and No. 8 Alfonzo Hernandez were the men that picked up the victories.
Earlier in the evening, Wyoming's LJ Helbig (285) and No. 17 Zach Zehner (133) won the other two bouts for the Cowboys.
Utah Valley will return to the mat back at home next Friday, Jan. 27, when it hosts fellow conference foe Northern Iowa in the Activity Center at 7 p.m.
No. 12 Wyoming 36, Utah Valley 6
285 - LJ Helbig (UW) Fall Zac Jensen (UVU), 5:32
125 - Colby Christensen (UVU) Dec., Kasey Garnhart (UW), 4-1
133 - No. 17 Zach Zehner (UW) Fall Blake Mangum (UVU), 6:09
141 - Avery Garner (UVU) Dec., Mike Hamel (UW), 6-2
149 - Robert Stroh (UW) Dec., Sam Mecham (UVU), 9-3
157 - Andy McCulley (UW) Dec., Napoleon Aniciete (UVU), 4-2
165 - No. 3 Shane Onufer (UW) Dec., Ethan Smith (UVU), 5-2
174 - Pat Martinez (UW) Dec., Monte Schmalhaus (UVU), 9-3
184 - No. 1 Joe LeBlanc (UW) Fall David Prieto (UVU), 2:23
197 - No. 8 Alfonzo Hernandez (UW) Wins by Forfeit