Wolverines Perfect in WWC Dual Over Northern Colorado

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Abner Cook
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Jan. 26, 2013

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OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University swept through all 10 weight classes in recording a 39-0 win over Northern Colorado in a Western Wrestling Conference dual on Saturday night. It marks the first time in program history the Wolverines have shutout an opponent in a dual.

"I've said before that I really like this team and I really like their work ethic -- especially this week heading into this match," UVU head coach Greg Williams said.

"It was an overall team performance and we feel like everyone went out there and handled their business. We've still got a lot of things to work on, but I'm really pleased with the way the guys are wrestling and the progress we're making."

Avery Garner, Josh Wilson, Abner Cook and Jade Rauser all picked up bonus points for the Wolverines with Cook and Rauser both winning by fall.

Garner opened the night with a 10-1 major decision win over Nick Adams before Wilson was dominant throughout the 149 pound match. After Wilson picked up an early takedown, he cut Nick Alspaugh loose before another takedown gave him an early 4-1 lead. Wilson then picked up four, 3-point near falls to end the match with a 17-1 win by tech fall (2:24).

Chase Cuthbertson notched a tough 11-8 decision over Mitchell Polkowske to give UVU a 12-0 lead after three bouts. Cook then recorded the first pin for the Wolverines, ending the match at 2:11 against Iver Sandoval. The next four matches saw decision wins for Utah Valley, starting with Monte Schmalhaus' 8-2 victory over Jesse Neilsen.

Derek Thomas earned a 10-4 win over Keith Johnson at 184 pounds before David Prieto kept the Wolverines perfect on the night with an overtime win against Cody McAninch. After holding off a late takedown attempt by McAninch in regulation, Prieto scored a takedown early in the first sudden victory frame to secure the win.

At 285 pounds, Adam Fager picked up a 5-2 decision to defeat Henry Chirino and give UVU a 30-0 lead.

Jade Rauser earned his second straight first-period fall after pinning his counterpart from Arizona State last week in 2:43. Rauser, the reigning Western Wrestling Conference co-wrestler of the week, bested last week's feat with a fall against Abe Fox just 1:26 into the bout.

Chasen Tolbert closed out the dual with a 9-4 decision of Sam Bauer to clinch to 10th, and final, victory of the night for Utah Valley.

The Wolverines will host a Pac-12 school for the second time this season next Friday night when Stanford comes to Orem. The dual is set to start at 7 p.m. MT in the PE Building.

MATCH SUMMARY
141 - Avery Garner (UVU) won by major decision (10-1) over Nick Adams (NC)
149 - Josh Wilson (UVU) won by tech fall (17-1, 2:24) over Nick Alspaugh (NC)
157 - Chase Cuthbertson (UVU) won by decision (11-8) over Mitchell Polkowske (NC)
165 - Abner Cook (UVU) won by fall (2:11) over Iver Sandoval (NC)
174 - Monte Schmalhaus (UVU) won by decision (8-2) over Jesse Neilsen (NC)
184 - Derek Thomas (UVU) won by decision (10-4) over Keith Johnson (NC)
197 - David Prieto (UVU) won in OT (8-6) over Cody McAninch (NC)
285 - Adam Fager (UVU) won by decision (5-2) over Henry Chirino (NC)
125 - Jade Rauser (UVU) won by fall (1:26) over Abe Fox (NC)
133 - Chasen Tolbert (UVU) won by decision (9-4) over Sam Bauer (NC)