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Cowboys to wrestle at NCAA tournament

Mar 10, 2017 - From wire reports

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA revealed the Division I Wrestling Championship brackets on Wednesday afternoon. Five wrestlers from the University of Wyoming will make their way to the NCAA Championships, which is set to be held on March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Branson Ashworth, Archie Colgan and Cole Mendenhall will each be making their first NCAA postseason appearance, as it will be the second trip each for Bryce Meredith and Drew Templeman. It will mark the 24th time that Wyoming will send at least five wrestlers to the national tournament. UW finished 18th at last year's NCAA Championships as Meredith, Templeman and Tanner Harms represented the Brown and Gold at Madison Square Garden.

Meredith (28-6) heads to his second NCAA Wrestling Championships as he earned the No. 10 seed at 141-pounds, announced by the NCAA. Meredith will face No. 15 Tyler Smith (28-8) from Bucknell in the opening round. The junior was placed as the No. 14 seed a year ago before going 4-1 at the tournament and earning All-American honors with a runner-up finish.

At 125 pounds, Templeman (19-7) will enter his second and final NCAA tournament as a No. 15 seed and will face No. 10 Jack Mueller (24-4) of Virginia. Templeman finished third at the Big 12 Championship last weekend and went 1-2 at last year's Big Dance.

Despite a third-place finish at the Big 12 tournament, the lone unseeded Poke for the NCAA Championships is Cole Mendenhall (29-8), who will man the 149-pound weight class for UW.

The senior will face No. 2 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State (20-2) to begin the tournament.

Archie Colgan (34-8) was selected as an at-large bid for the tournament and is the No. 16 seed for the NCAA Championships. The 157-pound wrestler will see Arizona State's Joshua Shields (32-7), the ninth seed, to open Nationals. Colgan earned a fifth-place finish at the Big 12s on Sunday.

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