WRESTLING: Eight Wolverine wrestlers placed and transfer Blake Mangum (125 pounds) and sophomore Glenn Terrano (141) led the way by each winning titles for Utah Valley Saturday at the fifth annual UVU Open in Orem.
Mangum, who recently transferred to UVU from Oklahoma, went 4-0 at the open and won his title by picking up a 6-2 win over CSU Bakersfield's Ian Nickell in the finals. Terrano too went a perfect 4-0 and picked up his championship by defeating teammate Sam Mecham in the title bout, 10-5.
In all four of the eight Wolverines that placed were competing for UVU at the meet while the other four are redshirting this season and were competed unattached.
The two that placed for the Wolverines were Mecham, who finished second at 141 pounds after a 3-1 tournament, and heavyweight Dustin Dennison, who finished in fourth place after a 4-2 outing. The four redshirts that placed while competing unattached were Chase Cuthbertson (2nd at 157), Kyle Cuthbertson (2nd at 174), Derek Thomas (2nd at 184) and Jade Rauser (3rd at 125),
Despite the success UVU head coach Greg Williams wasn't too pleased with his team and its effort on Saturday.
"I don't feel like our guys wrestled tough enough for it being this far in the season. There are things that we've worked on doing in certain situations and we're not doing them," he said. "The guys know that they are talented and they seem to believe in themselves, but I'm going to be calling them out this week."
"We have to have heart for the full seven minutes or however long the match takes. We will be going back in the room and working on that as well as a number of other things. Our guys basically don't know how good they are or how good they can become. We've spent a lot of time showing them and telling them what they can do and we expect those results."
In all seven wrestlers competed attached to UVU at the open while nine others competed unattached for the Wolverines.
At the open, UVU took on competitors from Boise State, Wyoming, CSU Bakersfield and a number of other Division II and Junior College schools.
Utah Valley will stay home and host a much-anticipated rematch against Boise State on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The last time that UVU and BSU met up in Orem, the Wolverines knocked off the then eighth-ranked Broncos, 22-20 on Feb. 5, 2010.
The Wolverines will then face No. 9 Oklahoma, UT Chattanooga and Brown at the Lone Star Duals in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, Jan 14.
TRACK AND FIELD: The BYU men and women's track and field teams peformed well in the first track meet of the season, the BYU Invitational, which took place on Friday and Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo.
"This meet is almost like an inter-squad meet and helps us gauge where everyone is at coming back from the break," men's head coach Mark Robison said. "Overall, I was very pleased with the meet results. We had some very good performances."
Using only two-thirds of his approach, all-American sophomore Victor Weirich had an amazing first place performance in the pole vault posting an impressive 5.40m (17'-08.50). Weirich beat his closest opponent by 0.2m.
The Cougars also had a good showing in the high jump with sophomore Dakota John taking first with a jump of 2.14m (7-00.25), nearly two inches over his personal record. Russell Nielson took second behind John, jumping 2.14m (6-08.75).
The heptathlon participates, although BYU was the only team competing, also saw great finishes from Joshua Weirich, who took first with 4979 points, and Kevin Nielsen, who took second with 4958 points.
Ryan Jones and Jared Ward performed well in the one miles race, taking second and third with times of 4:11.13 and 4:12.81 respectively and BYU swept the top three of the 400m race, with freshman Shaquille Walker taking first (47.96) and senior Christ Carter and Junior Rhyan Atrice taking second and third, with times of 48:27 and 48:44 respectively.
In the first meet of the indoor season, the BYU women's track team won nine events and took the top three spots in six events as they dominated the BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
"It's the first meet and that definitely showed," head coach Patrick Shane said. "But we had some athletes whose marks were very impressive. There are always highs and lows and everything in between, and this meet was no different."
The top event for the Cougars was the pole vault, which was won by junior Rachel Fisher with a jump of 4.10m (13-5.50). Freshman Nicole Naatjes, competing in her first collegiate meet, took second in the event by clearing 3.80m (12-5.50) and sophomore Elizabeth Portnova cleared 3.65m (11-11.75) to take third.
All-American Ada Robinson led BYU in the high jump with a leap of 1.70m (5-7.00). Diana Blauer and Taylor Stapley also both clear 1.70m but needed more attempts and finished second and third, respectively.
On the track, sophomore Aubrey Hale won the 60m dash in 7.76, while freshman Kassie Jensen finished second in 7.85. Danielle Figgins, a sophomore, finished a close third in 7.86.
Senior Diane Stewart, competing for the first time since the 2009 season, won both the 60m hurdles in 8.87 and took second in the 400m in 58.73. Freshman Angela Shields won the 400m in 58.34 in her first meet as a Cougar.
In the 800m, a traditionally strong event for BYU, the Cougars took the top three spots. Amy Thornton finished first in 2:17.15, while Jennica Redd (2:18.04) and Bethanie Krumen (2:18.60) place second and third, respectively.
The two longest running events of the day, the mile and 3000m, were both won by BYU athletes. Maren Hanson won the mile in 5:18.26 while Brooke Holt took the 3000m title in 10:27.29.
BYU will continue the indoor season Saturday, January 14 as they travel north to Boise to compete in the Boise State Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. MST.