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Western Wrestling Conference Wresters Set to Begin 2014 NCAA Championships

19 March, 2014

Western Wrestling Conference Wresters Set to Begin 2014 NCAA Championships

 

Nineteen WWC student-athletes will take center stage in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Thursday through Saturday.

 

March 19, 2014

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — On Thursday in Oklahoma City, Okla., 19 wrestlers from the eighth-year Western Wrestling Conference will begin competition at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The three-day/six-session event will run Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

 

This year the WWC has six competitors who are seeded in the top-16 of their brackets. 

 

The conference has two of its wrestlers seeded at 125 pounds, as Air Force’s Josh Martinez 32-3 has earned the four seed and will open up against North Carolina’s Nathan Kraisser (25-8) and Wyoming’s Tyler Cox (28-5) is seeded ninth and will take on Penn’s Caleb Richardson (12-9) in his first match. 

 

North Dakota State’s Steven Monk (31-1) has also earned the No. 4 seed at 165 pounds and will go up against Penn’s Casey Kent (19-7) on Thursday morning. South Dakota State’s Cody Pack (28-6) is seeded 15th at 157 pounds and will face the Citadel’s Aaron Walker (30-7), while No. 13 seed Hayden Zillmer (27-6) of NDSU will take on Bloomsburg’s Mike Dessino (28-8) at 174 pounds and No. 15 Adam Fager (18-7) of Utah Valley will face Rutgers’ William Smith (25-6) in round number one.

 

The WWC has produced 14 All-Americans in the past seven years, which includes three from last season. NDSU’s Trent Sprenkle was one of them as he placed fifth at 125 pounds while Wyoming’s Alfonso Hernandez (197) and Cox (125) were the other two as the Cowboy duo placed seventh and eighth in their respective weight classes. The seventh-place finish for Hernandez marked the second podium finish of his career as he also placed sixth at 197 in 2012.

 

Cox will be looking for his second straight All-American finish while the other 18 WWC wrestlers will be striving to attain their first. 

 

Other WWC All-Americans in the past have include Wyoming 184-pounder Joe LeBlanc (5th in 2009, 4th in 2010, 6th in 2011 and 8th in 2012), Utah Valley 125-pounder Ben Kjar (4th in 2011), Wyoming 165-pounder Shane Onufer (5th in 2011), Northern Colorado 157-pounder Justin Gaethje (7th in 2010), and former WWC member Northern Iowa’s Jarion Beets (8th at 174 in 2010) and Moza Fay (5th at 165 in 2008 and 6th in 2009). Wyoming’s LeBlanc became the league’s first four-time All-American in 2012.    

 

Ten of the 19 WWC wrestlers will hit the mats at the NCAA Championships for the first time in Oklahoma City this weekend. They are Air Force’s Greg Rinker (133) and Devin Hightower (184), NDSU’s Zillmer and Kurtis Julson (174), SDSU’s Alex Kocer (149) and Joe Brewster (165), Utah Valley’s Avery Garner (141) and Curtis Abner Cook (165), and Wyoming’s Dakota Friesth (165) and Benjamin Stroh (184). 

 

The nine returnees to the Big Show will be AFA’s Martinez (125) and Josh Kreimier (157), NDSU’s Monk (165) and Evan Knutson (HWT), SDSU’s Pack (157), UVU’s Jade Rauser (125) and Adam Fager (HWT) and Wyoming’s Cox (125) and Shane Woods (197). 

 

To view complete brackets for this week’s national tournament please click HERE

 

The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of six schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

 

Western Wrestling Conference 2014 NCAA Championship First Round Matches

125: No. 4 Josh Martinez, 32-3 (AFA) vs. Nathan Kraisser, 25-8 (North Carolina)

125: No. 9 Tyler Cox, 28-5 (WYO) vs. Caleb Richardson, 12-9 (Penn)

125: Jade Rauser, 10-3 (UVU) vs. No. 1 Jesse Delgado, 25-2 (Illinois)

133: Greg Rinker, 19-11 (AFA) vs. No. 6 Mason Beckman, 24-3 (Lehigh)

141: Avery Garner, 14-8 (UVU) vs.No. 15 Anthony Collica, 28-7 (Oklahoma State) 

149: Alex Kocer, 29-11 (SDSU) vs. No. 1 Drake Houdashelt, 34-1 (Missouri)

157: No. 15 Cody Pack, 28-6 (SDSU) vs. Aaron Walker, 30-7 (Citadel)

157: Josh Kreimier, 14-8 (AFA) vs. No. 1 James Green, 29-1 (Nebraska)

165: No, 4 Steven Monk, 31-1 (NDSU) vs. Casey Kent, 19-7 (Penn)

165: Joe Brewster, 22-14 (SDSU) vs. No. 1 David Taylor, 29-0 (Penn State)

165: Curtis Abner Cook, 7-7 (UVU) vs. No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma State)

165: Dakota Friesth, 28-8 (WYO) vs. No. 11 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (Citadel)

174: No. 13 Hayden Zillmer, 27-6 (NDSU) vs. Mike Dessino, 28-8 (Bloomsburg)

184: Devin Hightower, 17-11 (AFA) vs. No. 16 Nick Vetterlein, 25-8 (Virginia Tech)

184: Kurtis Julson, 21-11 (NDSU) vs. No. 10 Kenny Courts, 29-7 (Ohio State)

184: Benjamin Stroh, 27-6 (WYO) vs. No. 1 Jimmy Sheptock, 28-0 (Maryland)

197: Shane Woods, 22-7 (WYO) vs. No. 11 Nathan Burak, 16-5 (Iowa) 

285: No. 15 Adam Fager, 18-7 (UVU) vs. William Smith, 25-6 (Rutgers)

285: Evan Knutson, 17-10 (NDSU) vs. No. 6 Michael McMullan, 13-4 (Northwestern)


WWC Announces 2013-14 All-Conference Squads

17 March, 2014

Western Wrestling Conference Announces 2013-14 All-Conference Squads

 

March 17, 2014

 

OREM, Utah — The Western Wrestling Conference announced its All-Conference teams for the 2013-14 season on Monday. Individuals earned spots on the respective teams with their finishes at the 2014 NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships on March 8 in Orem, Utah. All six league schools competed at the Regional.

 

Two defending West Regional individual champions successfully retained their titles and earned First Team All-WWC honors, as North Dakota State’s Steven Monk (165 pounds) and Wyoming’s Shane Woods (197) both accomplished that feat.

 

Six of the 10 members named to the first team were repeat winners from one of the three all-conference squads in years past. The only newcomers to earn first team accolades were Air Force’s Greg Rinker (133), South Dakota State’s Alex Kocer (149), North Dakota State’s Hayden Zillmer (174) and Wyoming’s Benjamin Stroh (184). 

 

NDSU’s Monk was named all-conference for the fourth time in his career, as he was named second team in 2010-11 and first team for each of the past three seasons.  

 

Team-wise, the Bison and Cowboys led the way with three first team honorees apiece while the Jackrabbits had two. Overall NDSU led the way with seven of its wrestlers being named all-conference. Air Force, Utah Valley and Wyoming were next as they all had six of their wrestlers make the cut. Each WWC school had at least one individual named all-conference.

 

Nineteen of these 30 wrestlers have qualified the this weekend’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and will represent the WWC in Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of six schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-WWC

125: Tyler Cox (WYO), Jr., Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County HS)*

133: Greg Rinker (AFA), Sr., Northampton, Pa. (Northampton HS)* 

141: Avery Garner (UVU), Sr., Boise, Idaho (Centennial HS)**

149: Alex Kocer (SDSU), RFr., Wagner, S.D. (Wagner HS)

157: Cody Pack (SDSU), Jr., Quincy, Calif. (Quincy HS)*

165: Steven Monk (NDSU), Sr., Wausau, Wis. (Wausau West HS)***

174: Hayden Zillmer (NDSU), So., Crosby, Minn. (Crosby Ironton HS)

184: Benjamin Stroh (WYO), RFr., Harlem, Mont. (Chinook HS)

197: Shane Woods (WYO), Jr., Tuttle, Okla. (Tuttle HS)*

285: Evan Knutson (NDSU), Jr., Wausau, Wis. (Wausau West HS)**

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-WWC

125: Josh Martinez (AFA), So., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek HS)*

133: Justin LaValle (NDSU), Sr., West Fargo, N.D. (West Fargo HS)

141: Cole Mendenhall (WYO), RFr., Great Falls, Mont. (Great Falls HS) 

149: Natrelle Demison (AFA), Fr., Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield HS)

157: Andy McCulley (WYO), Jr., Rock Springs, Wyo. (Rock Springs HS)*

165: Dakota Friesth (WYO), Jr., Adel, Iowa (Adel-DeSota-Minburn)*

174: John Nething II (SDSU), Jr., Paynesville, Minn. (New London-Spicer HS)

184: Kurtis Julson (NDSU), Jr., Inner Grove Heights, Minn. (Simley HS)*

197: Tyler Lehmann (NDSU), RFr., Fargo, N.D. (West Fargo HS)

285: Adam Fager (UVU), Jr., Layton, Utah (Layton HS)*

 

THIRD TEAM ALL-WWC

125: Jade Rauser (UVU), So., Townsend, Mont. (Broadwater HS) 

133: Chasen Tolbert (UVU), So., Delta, Utah (Delta HS)*

141: Clay Cathey (NDSU), RFr., Billings, Mont. (Skyview HS)

149: Tyler Diamond (NDSU), Sr., Oroville, Calif. (Oroville HS)

157: Josh Kreimier (AFA), Sr., Fort Collins, Colo. (Loveland HS)**

165: Curtis Abner Cook (UVU), Sr., Pocatello, Idaho (Pocatello HS)*

174: Konner Witt (AFA), So., Oak Harbor, Ohio (Oak Harbor HS)

184: Devin HIghtower (AFA), Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Widefield HS)*

197: Derek Thomas (UVU), So., Layton, Utah (Layton HS)

285: Henry Chirino (UNC), Jr., Brandon, Fla. (Brandon HS)

 

* Denotes two-time all-conference honoree

** Denotes three-time all-conference honoree

*** Denotes four-time all-conference honoree

 


Cowboys Finish Second at WWC Championships

09 March, 2014

 

North Dakota State Wins First NCAA West Regional Title

 

NDSU knocked off Wyoming 74-66 for its first-ever team championship

 

March 8, 2014

 

Final Results/Brackets

 

OREM, Utah — The North Dakota State University wrestling team won its first NCAA West Regional team championship in school history on Saturday, March 8, inside the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University. The Bison claimed three individual titles on the way to the team title, defeating four-time defending champion Wyoming by a score of 74-66.

 

Behind NDSU and UW, Air Force managed to edge out the home Wolverines for third place by a mere half a point, as the Academy tallied 50 points compared to UVU’s 49.5. South Dakota State and Northern Colorado rounded out the field with 34.5 and 12.5 respective points. 

 

All six Western Wrestling Conference schools competed at the qualifying tournament, which doubles up as the WWC Championships, and 15 individuals earned automatic berths to the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. 

 

Out of the 10 individual titles, NDSU and Wyoming led the way by each winning three apiece. SDSU was next with two, while AFA and UVU each walked away with one. 

 

North Dakota State’s trio of champions were Steven Monk at 165 pounds, Hayden Zillmer (174) and Evan Knutson (heavyweight), while the Cowboys’ came from Tyler Cox (125), Benjamin Stroh (184) and Shane Woods (197). Alex Kocer (149) and Cody Pack (157) won a pair of titles for the Jackrabbits and Greg Rinker (133) and Avery Garner (141) both took home championships for the Falcons and Wolverines, respectively. 

 

Monk’s title marked his third straight conference crown while Woods managed to win his second. All other eight WWC grapplers picked up their first career titles on Saturday.

 

Five other automatic bids to Nationals were handed out at the Regional and they were won by UVU’s Jade Rauser (125) and Curtis Abner Cook (165), as well as AFA’s Josh Kreimier (157) and Devin Hightower (184), and Wyoming’s Dakota Friesth (165). 

 

Rauser, Kreimier and Hightower all won their automatic bids on true second-place bouts. 

 

Each weight class at the West Regional/WWC Championships had earned a specific number of automatic bids for Nationals. The automatic bids for each weight class were: 125 pounds (2), 133 (1), 141 (1), 149 (1), 157 (2), 165 (3), 174 (1), 184 (2), 197 (1) and heavyweight (1). 

 

The WWC also handed out a couple of postseason awards at the tournament. NDSU’s Monk walked away with both Outstanding Wrestler and Most Falls honors (he won the tiebreaker with due to fastest combined time). NDSU head coach Roger Kish earned his second straight WWC Coach of the Year award as his Bison took home their first-ever West Regional title. 

 

The 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be held March 20-22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. 

 

After all qualifying events have concluded this weekend, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person next week to select the remaining 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 12. Last season the WWC received three additional at-large selections.  

 

The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its eighth year of competition, is comprised of six schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.    

 

Final Team Scores

1. North Dakota State – 74.0

2. Wyoming – 66.0

3. Air Force – 50.0

4. Utah Valley – 49.5

5. South Dakota State – 34.5

6. Northern Colorado – 12.5

 

West Regional/WWC Automatic Qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA Championships (champions listed first)

125: Tyler Cox (Wyoming)

125: Jade Rauser (Utah Valley)

133: Greg Rinker (Air Force)

141: Avery Garner (Utah Valley)

149: Alex Kocer (South Dakota State)

157: Cody Pack (South Dakota State)

157: Josh Kreimier (Air Force)

165: Steven Monk (North Dakota State)

165: Dakota Friesth (Wyoming)

165: Curtis Abner Cook (Utah Valley)

174: Hayden Zillmer (North Dakota State)

184: Benjamin Stroh (Wyoming)

184: Devin Hightower (Air Force)

197: Shane Woods (Wyoming)

285: Evan Knutson (North Dakota State)

 

Tournament Awards

Outstanding Wrestler: Steven Monk (North Dakota State)

Most Pins: Steven Monk (North Dakota State) {Fastest Time}

Coach of the Year: Roger Kish (North Dakota State)

Regular Season Team Champion: Wyoming

Tournament Champion: North Dakota State

 

Bonus Matches

True 2nd (125 lbs.) – Jade Rauser (Utah Valley) wins by medical forfeit over Josh Martinez (Air Force)

True 2nd (157 lbs.) – Josh Kreimier (Air Force) wins by decision over Andy McCulley (Wyoming), 8-4 

True 2nd (184 lbs.) – Devin Hightower (Air Force) wins by decision over Kurtis Julson (North Dakota State), 3-1

 

 

-WWC-


Finalized Brackets for Saturdays NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships

07 March, 2014

Attached you will find finalized brackets for Saturday’s NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships that will begin at noon MT at Utah Valley’s UCCU Center in Orem, Utah.

 

Only the 133-pound bracket is different than from the pre-seeds.

 

Thanks,

 

James Warnick

Western Wrestling Conference

Director of Media Relations

O: 801-863-6231

C: 801-376-0814

E: James.Warnick@uvu.edu

T: @WWC_wrestle

 

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Wyoming's Benjamin Stroh Named WWC Wrestler of the Week

24 December, 2013

Wyoming’s Benjamin Stroh Named WWC Wrestler of the Week The redshirt freshman went a perfect 7-0 last week, including winning the 184-pound title at the RTOC. Dec. 23, 2013 OREM, Utah — University of Wyoming 184-pound redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh (Harlem, Mont./Chinook HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week after an outstanding performance on the mat last week. The conference award was announced Monday by the league. Stroh had a great weekend for the Cowboys, going a perfect 7-0 through one dual match and six tournament bouts. Against No. 24 Oregon State on Friday night, Stroh came away with a dominant 15-3 major decision over Brian Engdahl to give UW four team points. The victory marked Stroh’s first career dual win for Wyoming. On Sunday, Stroh rolled through the 184-pound bracket at the Reno Tournament of Champions with six wins, including four bonus-point victories. He won the tournament title thanks to wins over competitors from Arizona State, Boise State, North Carolina and Ohio. Stroh defeated 20th-ranked Alex Utley of UNC in the semifinals, 12-6, for his third win over a ranked opponent this season. He then upended Blake Stauffer of ASU in the final, 4-3, for his third tournament title on the year. With the seven victories, the Cowboy redshirt freshman improved to 18-5 on the season. He also jumped all the way from unranked to 15th in Monday’s Amateur Wrestling News poll. The conference honor is Stroh’s second of the season and second of his career. The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its eighth year of competition, is comprised of six schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming. 2013-14 WWC Wrestlers of the Week Nov. 5 - Benjamin Stroh (Wyoming) Nov. 12 - Steven Monk (North Dakota State) Nov. 19 - Mitchell Polkowske (Northern Colorado) Nov. 26 - Matt Gray (North Dakota State) Dec. 3 - Adam Fager (Utah Valley) Dec. 10 - Josh Martinez (Air Force) Dec. 17 - Shane Woods (Wyoming) Dec. 23 - Benjamin Stroh (Wyoming)


Wyoming’s Shane Woods Named WWC Wrestler of the Week

17 December, 2013

OREM, Utah -- University of Wyoming 197-pound junior Shane Woods (Tuttle, Okla./Tuttle HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week after an outstanding performance on the mat last week. The conference award was announced Tuesday by the league. Woods picked up the biggest win of his career Saturday, knocking off the 11th-ranked wrestler in the nation in a gritty match. Wyoming fell to fifth-ranked Oklahoma State by a score of 30-6, but Woods powered his way to a 3-2 decision over OSU’s Blake Rosholt at 197 pounds. The UW junior secured a takedown with less than a minute elapsed in the first period for a 2-0 lead. Rosholt later tied it up with two escapes, but a Woods escape with 1:53 remaining in the third period gave him a 3-2 lead, one he wouldn’t relinquish. The win was Woods’ first over a ranked opponent in his career. With the victory, Woods improves to 11-3 on the season and is now ranked in the top 20 for the first time in his career, as he is currently 19th in the latest Amateur Wrestling News poll. The conference honor is Woods’ first of the season and first of his career. The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its eighth year of competition, is comprised of six schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming. Other Nominees North Dakota State: Steven Monk, 165 pounds, Sr., (Wausau, Wis./Wausau West HS) South Dakota State: John Nething II, 174 pounds, Jr., (Paynesville, Minn./New London-Spicer HS) 2013-14 WWC Wrestlers of the Week Nov. 5 - Benjamin Stroh (Wyoming) Nov. 12 - Steven Monk (North Dakota State) Nov. 19 - Mitchell Polkowske (Northern Colorado) Nov. 26 - Matt Gray (North Dakota State) Dec. 3 - Adam Fager (Utah Valley) Dec. 10 - Josh Martinez (Air Force) Dec. 17 - Shane Woods (Wyoming)