University of Wyoming won its second straight NCAA West Regional team title Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo., claiming half of the individual titles out of ten weight classes.
The Cowboys crowned champs at this 2011 NCAA Division I qualifying tournament: Michael Martinez at 125 pounds, Cole Dallaserra at 149, Shane Onufer at 165, Patrick Martinez at 174 and LJ Helbig at 197.
Wyoming won the team title with 93 points, just six more than second-place University of Northern Iowa, with 87. The Panthers had two individual titlewinners in Ryan Loder at 184, and heavyweight Christian Brantley.
Other West Regional champions included Utah Valley’s Flint Ray at 133, Air Force 141-pounder Cole VonOhlen at 141, and North Dakota State’s Vince Salminen at 157.
In addition to ten individual titles and 15 automatic berths to the 2011 NCAAs, other honors presented at the 2011 Western Wrestling Championships include Cole VonOhlen being named the event’s Outstanding Wrestler, Steven Monk of North Dakota State winning the Most Falls award, and Wyoming’s Mark Branch being voted WWC Coach of the Year.
Results — Finals Matches
125: No. 4 Michael Martinez (WYO) dec. No. 3 Caleb Flores (UNI), 3-1 SV
133: No. 1 Flint Ray (UVU) dec. No. 2 Casey Cruz (UNC), 5-4
141: No. 1 Cole VonOhlen (AFA) tech. fall No. 2 Justin Morrill (UVU), 16-0
149: No. 2 Cole Dallaserra (WYO) dec. No. 1 Brett Robbins (UNI), 3-2 2OT
157: No. 1 Vince Salminen (NDSU) fall No. 2 David Bonin (UNI), 5:28
165: No. 1 Shane Onufer (WYO) dec. No. 2 Steven Monk (NDSU), 9-3
174: No. 1 Patrick Martinez (WYO) dec. No. 3 Joseph Stafford (AFA), 6-2
184: No. 2 Ryan Loder (UNI) dec. No. 1 Joe LeBlanc (WYO), 4-3
197: No. 1 LJ Helbig (WYO) major dec. No. 3 Andy O’Loughlin (UNI), 14-4
Hwt: No. 1 Christian Brantley (UNI) dec. No. 3 Matthew McLaughlin (WYO), 3-1
Final Team Standings
1. Wyoming (93 points)
2. Northern Iowa (87)
3. Air Force (59)
4. North Dakota State (45.5)
5. Utah Valley (41.5)
6. Northern Colorado (24)
7. South Dakota State (14)
Automatic Qualifiers for 2010 NCAA Division I Championships
125: Michael Martinez (WYO), Ben Kjar (UVU)
133: Flint Ray (UVU)
141: Cole VonOhlen (AF), Justin Morrill (UVU)
149: Cole Dallaserra (WYO), Justin Gaethje (UNC)
157: Vince Salminen (NDSU), David Bonin (UNI)
165: Shane Onufer (WYO)
174: Patrick Martinez (WYO)
184: Ryan Loder (UNI), Joe LeBlanc (WYO)
197: LJ Helbig (WYO)
Hwt: Christian Brantley (UNI)
Want to know more? For a more detailed article on the 2011 West Regionals, click here. For updated final brackets, click here.
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