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Wyoming's Bryce Meredith Sunday, March 04, 2018

Wyoming's Bryce Meredith is shown with his Most Outstanding Wrestler trophy after the Big 12 Wrestling Championship on Sunday in Tulsa, Okla.

University of Wyoming seniors Archie Colgan and Bryce Meredith both won titles at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship on Sunday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Meredith, wrestling at 141 pounds, went 3-0 for the weekend and capped the meet by defeating two-time defending national champ Dean Heil from Oklahoma State. It was Meredith’s second victory over Heil this season.

Meredith trailed 3-2 after the first period but rallied late to earn a 6-5 decision. The Cheyenne Central graduate and nation’s top-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Colgan also went 3-0 on the weekend, defeating top-ranked Clay Ream of North Dakota State in the 157-pound championship match.

“Bryce and Archie made history for us,” UW head coach Mark Branch said. “I don’t think Bryce was happy with how he wrestled (Saturday), so the way he came out (Sunday) was great. To be the first-ever Big 12 champion (from Wyoming) is a tremendous accomplishment and should give him a lot of confidence heading to nationals in Cleveland.

“Archie went up against a guy he has never beat. It was impressive for him to get over the hump and I’m looking forward to see what he can do in Cleveland.”

Also for the Cowboys, redshirt freshman Montorie Bridges finished third at 133, junior Branson Ashworth placed third at 165, redshirt freshman Sam Turner was fourth at 149 and senior Chaz Polson was fifth at 184. All six placing Cowboys earned automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship on March 15-17 in Cleveland.

After finishing fifth in the team standings its first two years in the Big 12, Wyoming finished fourth Sunday. Oklahoma State won the meet with 137 points, followed by Northern Iowa with 96.5, South Dakota State with 94 and UW with 82.5.

The Cowboys are still in line to earn a couple of at-large qualifications to the NCAA Championship. The 47 at-large qualifiers will be announced Tuesday.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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