Laramie, Wyo. – The Falcon wrestling team concluded the first action of the season with one champion and 12 place-winners across two divisions at the Cowboy Open, Saturday, at War Memorial Field House, on the Campus of Wyoming University.
Sophomore 141-pounder Alec Opsal claimed the Falcons’ only title of the event in the elite division. The New Fairfield, Connecticut, native recorded a fall, a technical fall and two decision victories en route to the 141 title.
Senior 157-pounder Dane Robbins upended No. 16 Archie Colgan of Wyoming, 2-1, in the second tiebreaker in the elite semi-finals round. Robbins finished 3-1 on the day with all wins coming in decision victories.
Senior team captain Zen Ikehara went 2-0 with a first-round bye en route to the finals bout at 184. Ikehara posted a second-place finish with a medical forfeit due to a minor injury sustained in the semi-finals round.
Junior 197-pounder Anthony McLaughlin had two consecutive byes followed by a technical fall in the 197 semi-finals en route to the championship bout. McLaughlin posted a second-place finish after dropping the championship bout, 3-1, to Jacob Seely of Northern Colorado.
Tony DeCesare (125), Michael Billingsley (174) and Matt Wagner (285) registered third places finishes in the respective weights. The trio went 4-1 apiece on the event. Wagner posted a fall (3:27) in his quarter-finals bout.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, native Jimmy Weaver led the Falcons in the amateur bracket with a second-place finish at 184. Teammates Casey Jumps (197) and Tommy Stager (149) recorded third-place finishes, while Joe Hensley (285) and Jacoby Ward (149) finished fourth.
The Falcons will open the dual slate against perennial Big 10 powerhouse, Minnesota, Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1:00 p.m. CT. The Golden Gophers checked in at No. 6 in the NCAA’s preseason coaches’ poll. The last time the teams met was in 2015; Alex Lopouchanski was one of four Falcons to pick up a victory against then-No. 22 Minnesota.