The University of Wyoming wrestling team should think about taking more time off between competitions.
Coming off a nine-day layoff over Christmas, the Cowboys beat No. 4 North Carolina State 22-21 on Saturday in the first of four duals over two days for UW at the South Beach Duals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The win against the fourth-ranked Wolfpack marked the highest-ranked win by the 24th-ranked Cowboys in program history.
UW lost to No. 6 Cornell 23-9 later Saturday.
“We were probably a little short on talent against (NC State), but I definitely think we outworked them,” Cowboys coach Mark Branch said in a UW release. “Bonus points on both ends at 125 and heavyweight were the difference.”
UW won two of the first three matches against NC State, with Cole Verner pinning No. 7 Sean Fausz in 2 minutes, 20 seconds to start things off. No. 15 Sam Turner gave UW a 10-3 lead with an 8-1 win over No. 15 Jamal Morris.
UW also got an 8-1 win from No. 7 Branson Ashworth at 165 over No. 16 Thomas Bullard and an 8-6 win by Cale Davidson at 197 over No. 16 Malik McDonald.
But the Cowboys still trailed 21-15 heading into the final match.
UW needed 19th-ranked heavyweight Brian Andrews to pin NC State’s Deonte Wilson to win the dual and Andrews came through in 2:43.
With the score tied 21-21, the Cowboys were awarded the tiebreaking point on criteria with two pins to the Wolfpack’s one.
The Cowboys appeared to have a bit of a letdown in their second dual against Cornell.
Cornell won seven of the 10 matches to build a big lead over UW.
“We came out a little flat and just didn’t wrestle sharp,” Branch said. “When you have two top-10 teams on your schedule and you come away with a win, you’ve got to feel pretty good about that.”
Wins for UW came from No. 12 Montorie Bridges by a 2-1 win over No. 13 Charles Tucker of Cornell in overtime. Ashworth won his second match of the day with a 6-0 decision over Milik Dawkins at 165, as did Davidson at 197 with a 5-3 victory over Jacob Taylor.
At 141, UW’s Turner lost 14-6 to top-ranked Yianni Diakomihalis.
UW will finish its portion of the South Beach Duals with two more duals today.
The Cowboys take on Michigan State at 9 a.m. MT and finish with SIU-Edwardsville at 11 a.m.