Eight Cowboys Appear in Final NCAA RPI Ranking

INDIANAPOLIS – Eight University of Wyoming wrestlers were featured in the final NCAA rating percentage index, released Friday. The NCAA also released Coaches’ Panel Rankings and qualifier allocations for the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championship.
“I feel very positive on where we are at and I think it is a reflection of our schedule and the way we competed,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “We have a chance to wrestle our way to the national championships and our goal is to win conference titles as a team and individually.”
The RPI, along with the NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings and Division I winning percentage are the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. A wrestler must achieve two of the three tools to earn a spot for their conference at the NCAA Championship.
The Cowboys on the RPI list include senior Tyler Cox (11th at 125 pounds), senior Andy McCulley (12th at 174 pounds), senior Shane Woods (12th at 197 pounds), junior Tanner Harms (15th at 285 pounds), sophomore Benjamin Stroh (17th at 184 pounds), redshirt freshman Archie Colgan (28th at 157 pounds), senior Dakota Friesth (29th at 165 pounds) and sophomore Jake Elliott (30th at 149 pounds).
In the NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings, Cox was 11th, McCulley was 14th, Woods was 14th, Harms was 22nd, Stroh was 18th, Friesth was 22nd, Elliott was 33rd and Colgan was unranked.
“Our focus is to make sure we take care of our business next week and not leave it in the hands of the committee,” Branch said. “We have to go into next weekend and focus on winning conference titles and that’s how you make it to NCAA Championships.”

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Worland’s DeLancey Hodges takes an arm from Star Valley’s Trevor LaRose during a 132-pound quarterfinal bout at the Wyoming High School State Class 3A Wrestling Championships Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at the Casper Events Center. Hodges would score an 8-4 decision over LaRose.

Day one of state wrestling championship is in the books

By Sisco Molina
Sports Editor

CASPER – Year after year, the race for the team title at the Wyoming High School State Class 3A Wrestling Championships is neck and neck with three or more teams usually in the mix – vying for wrestling
2015 is no different.
After the quarterfinals, Powell led the team scores with 105 while Douglas was not far behind with 99.5 for second place. Visible in the rearview mirror of the Panthers and Bearcats was Star Valley in third with 89.5 points.
And unfortunately, Worland did not have a horse in the race. J.D. Nelson (145) and Wade Goncalves (182) both were upset in the quarterfinals which cost the Warriors valuable points.
Worland sat in a distant tie for fifth place with Lander after the quarterfinals with 59 team points.
The Warriors did advance four to the semifinals with DeLancey Hodges (138), Nathan Weyrich (195), Austin Beck (220) and Nathan Kern (285) all winning their quarterfinal matches as expected.
Hodges narrowed Star Valley’s Trevor LaRose, winning an 8-4 decision while Weyrich, Beck and Kern each won by fall in their matches.
“Anytime you lose those types of matches it definitely swings momentum into the favor of the other teams,” said Worland coach Josh Garcia of the two upset losses of Nelson and Goncalves in the quarterfinal round. “I know J.D. and Wade are going to come back (Saturday) and they’re going to battle and each try to get a third place finish.”
The number of Warriors contending for a title was cut in half in the semifinal round as Hodges and Weyrich both lost by pin in their semifinal matches.
Beck made reservations in the finals of the 220-pound bracket with a 7-1 decision over Wheatland’s Josh Calvert and Kern followed in suit with a 6-2 decision over Lovell’s Jaret Collins.
“It feels amazing going from my freshman year and going two-and-out to my junior year making it to the finals,” Beck said after his semifinal win.
After the semifinal round, Powell increased its lead finishing with 176 points. Star Valley leaped over Douglas into second place with 138.5 while the Bearcats have 134.5. Cody is in fourth place with 106 while Lander is in fifth with 99.
The Warriors remain behind the back in sixth with 84 points.
Beck will face Nash Jolley of Lovell in the finals at 220 while Kern will be going up against Powell’s Riley Stringer at 285.
Thermopolis
The Bobcats had two wrestlers fight their way into the finals Friday night with Vinchinzo Castle making it to the championship bout at 120 and Ryan Bradshaw doing the same at 132. Kyle Shepherd’s bid for a 285-pound title was stopped in the semifinals by Shoshoni’s Galen LaGois in a 12-4 loss.
Greybull/Riverside
Greybull/Riverside’s stud Cole Hill continued his dominance of the 152-pound weight class in 2A. He won by technical fall over Burns/Pine Bluffs’ Colt Lewis 15-0. Lane Nielsen was one match away from the championship, but fell to Moorcroft’s Cameron Braden in the semifinals at 170.
The third and fifth place matches begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and the finals after at 5:15 p.m.


DAILY NEWS photo by Sisco Molina
Worland senior Nathan Weyrich works Jackson's Dillon Hartranft to his back during a 195-pound quarterfinal bout at the Wyoming High School State Class 3A Wrestling Championships Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at the Casper Events Center. Weyrich would win the match via fall in 4:53.

DAILY NEWS photo by Sisco Molina
Thermopolis’ Vinchinzo Castle flips Burns/Pine Bluffs’ Colten Campbell to his back during a 120-pound quarterfinal match Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 during the Wyoming High School State Class 3A Wrestling Championships at the Casper Events Center. Castle won the match by technical fall 15-0.


 

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