University of Wyoming rode off with its third-ever conference title at the 2012 Western Wrestling Championships/NCAA West Regional at McLeod Center at the University of Northern Iowa Sunday night.
The Cowboys placed first in the team standings with 93.5 points, and four consecutive individual titlewinners, starting at 165 pounds with Shane Onufer, then Pat Martinez (174 pounds), Joe LeBlanc (184), and Alfonzo Hernandez (197).
Host school Northern Iowa came in second with 76 points. Three Panthers won titles, including Joe Colon at 133 pounds, Levi Wolfenspeger at 141, and, at heavyweight, Blayne Beale.
In third place North Dakota State with 51.5 points, and two champs: Trent Spenkle at 125, and Steven Monk at 157.
One point behind NDSU in the team standings was the Air Force Academy, with 50.5 points, and Cole VonOhlen winning the 149-pound crown for the Falcons.
Joe Colon was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament; Wyoming head coach Mark Branch was voted Coach of the Year.
The West Regional has 17 automatic qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 15-17 in St. Louis.
Final Team Standings:
- Wyoming (93.5 team points)
- Northern Iowa (76)
- North Dakota State (51.5)
- Air Force (50.5)
- Utah Valley (43.5)
- Northern Colorado (36.5)
- South Dakota State (5)
- 125: Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) dec. Michael Martinez (Wyo.), 4-2
- 133: Joe Colon (UNI) maj. dec. Zach Zehner (Wyo.), 9-1
- 141: Levi Wolfenspeger (UNI) dec. Casey Cruz (UNC), 2-1 OT
- 149: Cole VonOhlen (Air Force) dec. Josh Wilson (Utah Valley), 4-1
- 157: Steven Monk (NDSU) dec. David Bonin (UNI), 4-0
- 165: Shane Onufer (Wyo.) maj. dec. Gabriel Burak (UNC), 8-0
- 174: Pat Martinez (Wyo.) dec. Clayton Gable (Air Force), 7-3
- 184: Joe LeBlanc (Wyo.) dec. Ryan Loder (UNI), 5-4
- 197: Alfonzo Hernandez (Wyo.) maj. dec. Nick Bayer (UNC), 12-4
- Hwt: Blayne Beale (UNI) dec. L.J. Helbig (Wyo.), 7-4
Want to know more? Check out the University of Wyoming’s report on the 2012 Western Wrestling Championships… and the complete, final brackets.
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