The Utah Valley University Wolverines wrestling team has been on a roll lately. They defeated Arizona State by coming up with some huge bonus points in key matches as well as shut out conference foe Northern Colorado. Their last dual was an earned victory against Stanford University. Throughout these recent competitions, the team has enjoyed the privilege of competing on their home turf and having the luxury of sleeping in their own beds. Tonight that all changes as they begin their first of two duals on the road against conference opponents South Dakota State and North Dakota State.
Both teams have some talented wrestlers, but the Wolverines are ready for the challenge. They have been training with intensity and focus as things start to get down to the wire on the stretch to the conference and national tournament in March. These two duals that are coming up are very important for seeding purposes at the conference tournament. In some weight classes, only one NCAA tournament qualifying spot is available, and in order for a wrestler to qualify at that weight class, the individual has to win the conference tournament.
UVU has a good team and it will be exciting to see how these next two competitions play out. Good luck Wolverines. Be green!
The Utah Valley University Wolverines had a great win over the Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday night January 18th. The Wolverines had lost 5 of their first 6 matches and things were looking very bleak for the squad on their home turf. Fortunately the Wolverines got some much needed new life and momentum with a pair of pins by the Rauser twins Jade and Val. Their matches sparked a run of victories to help the trailing Wolverines come back to win 26-15. It was a very well attended event with more than 2,000 fans in the stands. Read more about it by following the links below:
The Midlands Championships is a very competitive wrestling tournament. There have been many NCAA wrestling champions, world champions, and Olympic champions that have battled at the tournament over the years. It is always an event filled with very tough wrestlers. With this being the 50th anniversary of the tournament, there were over 400 competitors who showed up from all over the nation to do battle. At the end of the tournament, Josh Wilson, a UVU senior wrestled his way to an 8th place finish. Read more about it at Wolverine Green.
The Wolverines went to Reno and were able to get in some great wrestling matches. One of the wrestlers who wrestled extremely well at the tournament was redshirt sophomore David Prieto. He battled hard throughout seven matches to come away with a fourth place finish, losing very close matches to Oregon State University and Southern Oregon University. Read more about it on our Wolverine Green website.
The Utah Valley wrestlers had a successful weekend as they beat Campbell University in a dual meet as well as crowning champions at the Wolf Pack Open and Colorado Mesa University Open. There were also several placers at both tournaments as well. Listen to interviews from Wolfpack Open champion Josh Wilson, Colorado Mesa University Open champion Sam Mecham, and wrestling head coach Greg Williams.
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Recently Abner Cook and Monte Schmalhaus won the Cowboy Open wrestling tournament in Laramie, Wyoming in their respective weight classes. They both had some hard fought matches to lead them to victory in the tournament. Get an inside look to some of their thoughts and feelings about the tournament as well as a look into this weekend’s upcoming competition, dual meets with Bloomsburg and Campbell University followed up by the Wolfpack Open wrestling tournament in North Carolina.
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Last weekend the Utah Valley Wrestling team competed in the Cowboy Open held at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. We had two individuals who wrestled well enough to take home the gold in their respective weight classes. Abner Cook won the tournament with a hard fought match over UVU’s Ethan Smith at 165 pounds. Monte Schmalhaus won the 174 pound weight division with a win over L.J. Helbig from University of Wyoming.
There were a lot of good things about how the Utah Valley wrestlers competed. There were also some things that show that there is work to do as a team. This will be a fun year to see how our student athletes improve and prepare for the NCAA Championships in March. Keep checking back to see how we are progressing. Check out the article from our athletics website as well: http://www.wolverinegreen.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/110412aaa.html.