BEARS BRING HOME THREE TITLES FROM 36TH ANNUAL COWBOY OPEN
LARAMIE, Wyo. - At the 36th annual Cowboy Open, the Northern Colorado wrestling team came away with three first-place medals as well as one second-place.
Junior 125-pounder Tony Mustari successfully defended his title in the elite division, winning all three bouts. In three seasons, Mustari has one third-place finish and two titles in the Cowboy Open. Mustari won two decisions in the opening rounds and then won in overtime in the title match, defeating Wyoming's Michael Martinez 5-3.
True freshman Mitchell Polkowske posted a perfect 5-0 record in the amateur division at 149 pounds, while redshirt freshman Tanner Weiks also went 5-0 at 157 pounds. Polkowske was dominant in his division, winning his first two bouts by technical fall and his final three by major decisions, including a 17-5 victory over Jesse Snider of Colorado School of Mines in the first-place match. Weiks had one major decision and four decisions, including a double overtime victory in the quarterfinals to keep his title hopes alive. In the finals, Weiks won a 4-3 decision over Michael Hader, wrestling unattached.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Kammerzell posted a 3-1 record on the day to finish second in the amateur division at 174 pounds. He won two decisions and one major decision before falling 8-2 to Western Wyoming's Johnny Ortega in the finals.
Freshmen Zach Maes and Lance Gallegos also had good days in the amateur division. Maes went 5-2 at 125 pounds getting two pins and two major decision wins, while Gallegos had a record of 4-2 falling in the consolation semifinals. He also had two pins on the day.
Cooper Hayes, Daniel Prater, Rocco DePaolo, Ryan Johnson and Patrick Carey all posted even records of 2-2 in the elite division at their respective weight classes.
The Bears host the annual Old Chicago's Northern Colorado Open next Sunday in Butler-Hancock.