* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release

TULSA, Okla., -- The Wyoming Wrestling team begins postseason action this weekend with the Big 12 Championships, held March 5-6 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. 

 

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Tournament Coverage
The first three sessions of the Big 12 Championships will be available for fans to stream on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Sunday nights finals will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 with the broadcast starting at 6 p.m. MT.

 

Tournament Schedule
Saturday, March 5
Session 1: Preliminary & Quarterfinal Matches – 10 a.m. MT
Session 2: Semifinal & Consolation Quarterfinal Matches – 4 p.m. MT

Sunday, March 5
Session 3: Consolation Semifinals, Third & Fifth Place Matches – 11 a.m. MT
Session 4: Championship Matches – 6 p.m.  MT

 

From Coach Branch 
"I think last year gave us confidence in a lot of ways, to be in that tournament and have four guys in the finals and be the only team with four guys in the finals, but then coming up short left a bitter taste in our mouth and got us excited for this year.”

“It’s been a long and challenging season and I think that has helped us clean the slate and helped us get focused on the team we are and put last year behind us. Which is a good thing, I think now we’ve been able to focus on our strengths and their training seems to be as good as it has been all year and their confidence seems to be growing.”

 

2021 Big 12 Championships Recap
Last season, the Pokes put together a solid Big 12 tournament putting for wrestlers in the finals, however they did not crown an individual champion. Wyoming finished fourth as a team which tied for the best Big 12 team finish in program history.

Thanks to their efforts in Tulsa a season ago Chase Zollmann, Jacob Wright, Cole Moody, Hayden Hastings, Tate Samuelson, Stephen Buchanan and Brian Andrews all qualified for their NCAA Tournament. 

 

Regular Season Recap

This season the Cowboys have seemed to be peaking at the right time winning their last four duals of the season with their largest margin of victory coming in the final dual of the season in a 25-11 win over West Virginia.

The Pokes will now take their hot streak to Tulsa with a lineup that features six wrestlers who are currently on a three-match winning streak or better. They will be led by the ranked quartet of Wright, Hastings, Samuelson and Stephen Buchanan. 

 

Weight-by-Weight Previews
125 pounds
Wyoming Starter: Jake Svihel, 13-13
2021 Champion: Brody Teske (Northern Iowa)
NCAA Allocations: 6
133 pounds
Wyoming Starter: Job Greenwood, 15-10, No. 8 pre-seed
2021 Champion: Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)
NCAA Allocations: 6
141 pounds
Wyoming Starter: Darren Green, 16-6, No. 7 pre-seed
2021 Champion: Dom Demas (Oklahoma)
NCAA Allocations: 7
149 pounds
Wyoming Starter: Jaron Jensen, 19-8, No. 6 pre-seed
2021 Champion: Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State)
NCAA Allocations: 4
157 pounds
Wyoming Starter: Jacob Wright, 15-5, No. 5 pre-seed
2021 Champion: David Carr (Iowa State)
NCAA Allocations: 6
165 pounds
Wyoming Starter: Cooper Voorhees, 23-12
2021 Champion: Luke Weber (North Dakota State)
NCAA Allocations: 4
174 pounds
Wyoming Starter: Hayden Hastings, 19-5, No. 5 seed
2021 Champion: Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley)
NCAA Allocations: 8
184 pounds
Wyoming Starter: Tate Samuelson, 16-5, No. 3 pre-seed
2021 Champion: Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa)
NCAA Allocations: 4
197 pounds
Wyoming Starter: Stephen Buchanan, 19-2, No. 1 pre-seed
2021 Champion: AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State)
NCAA Allocations: 7
Heavyweight
Wyoming Starter: Terren Swartz, 12-14,
2021 Champion: Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State )
NCAA Allocations: 6

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