UVU wrestling: three conference duals on tap for UVU this week

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11 2014 8:21 p.m. MST

Friday will mark Utah Valley's 11th all-time meeting against Air Force with the Wolverines leading the series at 6-4. Utah Valley took the most recent contest by a score of 23-9 when AFA was ranked 22nd by InterMat last February in Orem.

About Wyoming

The Cowboys are 3-6 overall and 1-1 in WWC duals but will square off against the Falcons in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Of the six losses that Wyoming has on the season, five of them have come to teams ranked in the top 25. UW's lone defeat to an unranked team came on Jan. 19, as it dropped its conference opener, 18-17, to South Dakota State. The Cowboys will enter the week hot as of late, however, as they have won their last two duals.

Junior 125-pounder Tyler Cox (24-4) paces the Pokes as he is ranked eighth in his weight class by InterMat. Redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh is next as he comes in at No. 18 at 184 pounds (InterMat) with a 22-6 record. Juniors Dakota Friesth (165) and Shane Woods (197) are also having solids seasons for Wyoming with respective records of 25-6 and 17-7.

Saturday's meeting with Wyoming will mark the 10th all-time meeting between the Wolverines and Cowboys. UW will enter the dual with an 8-1 series advantage.

Up next for the Wolverines

The Wolverines will return home to prepare for the 2014 NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships that they will host for the first time in program history on March 8 in the UCCU Center. Automatic berths at every weight class will be on the line to the NCAA Championships that will be held March 20-22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.

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