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Former Wyoming Cowboy Bryce Meredith takes off his headgear after finishing his match against Oklahoma’s Mike Longo on Feb. 4, 2018 at the UniWyo Sports Complex in Laramie.

A group of current Wyoming Cowboy wrestlers were joined by a former Cowboy and a multi-time Wyoming state champion in finishing action at the 2019 US Marine Corps Open in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Five current Cowboys were eliminated in the junior freestyle division by Saturday afternoon with standout Tate Samuelson having the best day of the bunch. Samuelson, wrestling at 86 kilograms, lost in the round of 16 after a bye and wrestled back into the second section of the consolation round of eight, where he lost by a 6-1 decision. That ended his day at an even 2-2.

Cole Moody (74 kg) and Logan Jensen (70 kg) both went 1-2 while Chase Zollman (65 kg) and Nathan Moore (74 kg) both lost their only two matches of the tournament.

In the senior freestyle division, former Wyoming Cowboy All-American Bryce Meredith struggled. The Cheyenne Central graduate received an opening bye at 65 kg and finished 2-2 in the tournament, ultimately falling short of placing after falling in the first section of the consolation round of eight.

Three-time Wyoming state champion Lukas Poloncic fell by a disappointing 14-13 decision in the round of 32 and then lost in the next consolation round of the 86 kg division in the senior men’s freestyle. The former Gillette Camel also competed in the senior Greco-Roman division and finished 2-2, losing in the first section of the consolation round of eight. Poloncic just finished his career at Augustana University having fallen short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships last month.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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