Utah Valley

WRESTLING: UVSC will host the first Utah Valley Wrestling Open today at 9 a.m. in the Shurian Family Activity Center. The Wolverine wrestlers will compete unattached against wrestlers from several other schools including Boise State, Cal Poly, Wyoming and Northern Colorado.

Wrestler Sam Allen has been named the Utah Valley Athletic Department's scholar athlete of the month for December. Allen, a business management major with an emphasis in marketing, is a senior who prepped at Davis High School in Kaysville. One of the team captains, Allen pinned his opponent against UC Davis, and at the Reno Tournament of Champions later in the month he picked up four wins for Utah Valley. Recently, Allen pinned his opponent in the opening period of the Wolverines' first conference match, a convincing 39-4 win over South Dakota State.


SWIMMING: BYU senior Jorge Azevedo helped propel the Cougars to a 148-140 victory over the Washington Huskies on Friday as he won two personal events and was a part of two relay teams that also placed first.

Azevedo swam with the 200 medley relay team that took first with a time of 1:32.41 and he also posted the fastest split time in helping the Cougars' 400 freestyle relay team take first place with a time of 3:03.12. Individually, Azevedo placed first in the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly with times of 50.03 and 48.48, respectively. The time that Azevedo recorded in the 100 back is a season-best for BYU.

The close contest between the Huskies and the Cougars came down to the final two events of the day. With two races left in the meet Washington was ahead by nine points. In the last two races, BYU's Neal Hamilton took first place in the 200 IM (1:52.58) and then the Cougars' 400 free relay teams placed in first and third to escape with the narrow eight-point victory.

The No. 23 Cougars improved to 10-1 on the season and the Huskies fell to 3-7. BYU's Travis Price also won an individual event in the meet. He won the 200 free as he finished with a time of 1:40.41, which is one second off his season's best.

TRACK & FIELD: With the first day of the two-day Cougar Indoor Invitational completed, the BYU track team showed signs of strength and potential for growth.

"Today was a good starting point," BYU men's coach Mark Robison said. "We will continue to improve on the marks we set today. Saturday will tell us a lot more about where the team stands."

Today, starting at 10 a.m., the meet will feature more running events and the conclusion of the men's heptathlon and field events.

Leading the way for the Cougars on Friday were Deezba Whaley, a true- freshman thrower from Kayenta, Ariz., and Justin Palmer, a junior heptathlete from Tremonton.

Whaley won the women's 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 52 feet 4.75 inches. Considering it was her first meet as a Cougar, throwing coach Dick Legas was impressed.

On the men's side, Palmer won the 60 meter, long jump and shot put en route to an early lead in the heptathlon. The heptathlon will continue tomorrow with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meter.