IRVING, Texas – Utah Valley University junior 197-pounder Tanner Orndorff and Wyoming senior 165-pounder Branson Ashworth have been named co-Big 12 Conference Wrestlers of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10. The honor is Orndorff's first of the season and second of his career.
Orndorff went a perfect 2-0 in Big 12 dual action over the weekend for the Wolverines with wins over No. 20 Cale Davidson of Wyoming and Tyrell Gordon of Northern Iowa. Orndorff, who is currently ranked 14th in his weight class and is a two-time NCAA qualifier for UVU, started his week with a solid 8-2 decision over Wyoming's 20th-ranked Davidson. He then capped his undefeated weekend with a 10-4 decision over UNI's Gordon. In the two matches, Orndorff recorded a total of six takedowns with three in each dual. With the victories, Orndorff now holds a 13-9 record on the season and a 9-5 clip in dual action.
Wyoming senior and Spanish Fork, Utah, native Ashworth also went 2-0 on the weekend, helping the Cowboys to a pair of Big 12 wins. Against Utah Valley, Ashworth dominated No. 9 Demetrius Romero in a 6-1 match on the road, followed by a 16-0 technical fall over South Dakota State's Kelby Hawkins. Ashworth has now won 15 bouts in a row heading into his final dual of the season and holds a 29-3 win-loss record.
Orndorff and the Wolverines will conclude their 2018-19 regular season this weekend with a pair Big 12 road duals at Northern Colorado on Friday (Feb. 15) and Air Force on Saturday (Feb. 16). UVU will then prepare for the 2019 Big 12 Championships that will be held March 9-10 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Big 12 Wrestling Weekly Awards
Date Wrestler of the Week
Nov. 12 Dom Demas, Oklahoma, R-Fr. (141 pounds)
Nov. 19 Cole Verner, Wyoming, R-Jr. (125 pounds)
Nov. 26 Branson Ashworth, Wyoming, Sr. (165 pounds)
Dec. 4 Demetrius Romero, Utah Valley, Jr. (165 pounds)
Dec. 10 Dom Demas, Oklahoma, R-Fr. (141 pounds)Comment on this story
Dec. 17 Taylor Lujan, Northern Iowa, R-Jr. (174 pounds)
Dec. 26 Sam Turner, Wyoming, R-So. (141 pounds)
Dec. 31 Drew Foster, Northern Iowa, Sr. (184 pounds)
Jan. 7 Kaden Gfeller, Oklahoma State, R-Fr. (149 pounds)*
Jan. 14 Josh Hokit, Fresno State, Jr. (197 pounds)
Jan. 21 Josh Alber, Northern Iowa, Sr. (141 pounds)
Jan. 28 Ian Parker, Iowa State, R-So. (141 pounds)*
Feb. 4 Taylor Lujan, Northern Iowa, R-Jr. (174 pounds)
Feb. 11 Tanner Orndorff, Utah Valley, Jr. (197 pounds)
Branson Ashworth, Wyoming, Sr. (165 pounds)
*-Indicates unanimous selection.