Author: Devin Olsen

UVU wrestling drops heart-breaker to UNC on senior night

After a pair of tough road losses last weekend, the Utah Valley wrestling team returned home as they played host to Northern Colorado Friday night at the Lockhart Arena in Big 12 dual meet action. In the absence of five regular starters, and despite a very strong showing by several wrestlers, the Wolverines were ultimately unable to keep up with the Bears as UVU (8-6, 4-4 Big 12) fell to UNC 22-20 (3-9, 2-5 Big 12) on senior night in Orem. “You have to have guys in your room that can step-up when your starters are out. So that’s what we have to get better at,” said UVU head coach Greg Williams in a statement to GoUVU.com. “I thought that most of our guys went out and fought. I’m proud of our guys and now we need to get healthy for conference and see if we can do some damage there and get some guys to nationals.” The Wolverines got off to a rocky start, after a fall in the opening 157 pound match followed by a forfeiture in the ensuing 165 pound bout gave the Bears a quick 12-0 overall lead. In the 174 pound match, no. 17 ranked Kimball Bastian recorded a 12-3 major decision victory over his opponent to get the Wolverines on the board and cut the deficit to eight at 12-4. A few moments...

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Wrestling: UVU earns huge dual meet win over Oklahoma

After a successful road trip that saw the Wolverines earn victories over Fresno State and CSU Bakersfield, the UVU wrestling team returned home Jan. 4 to host Oklahoma in Big 12 dual meet action. Both teams entered the contest receiving top 25 votes, as UVU hosted a core Big 12 member for the first time since joining the conference. After a rocky start, the Wolverines got rolling. Carried by several heroic performances, UVU was able to hang on to earn the win during the final minute of competition. “I’m really pleased with how the guys wrestled,” said head coach Greg Williams. “I’m very excited for the guys because they worked super hard, excited for my coaching staff because they worked super hard and I’m excited for our fans. It was wonderful.” After a pair of wins by Oklahoma in the first two matches put the Wolverines in an early 9-0 hole, no. 16 ranked Demetrius Romero came out to face no. 24 Dewaylon Barnes in the 165 pound match. Trailing 1-0 heading into the final period, Romero came up with an escape and a huge take-down late in the match to hold on for a narrow 3-2 victory, cutting the overall Sooner lead to 6 at 9-3. In the ensuing bout, Kimball Bastian (174lbs) faced off against no. 10 ranked Yoanse Mejias. It was a grueling battle, with neither...

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Dennison’s record-setting performance, postseason win highlights UVU volleyball season

Photo by Maricel Evangelista A seasoned group of seniors, three preseason all-conference selections among them, had the UVU volleyball team setting its sights higher than the third-place preseason conference prediction assigned to them by the media. However, a slow first half to the year cast doubt upon even a third-place finish. Entering conference play, the team sat at 5-10 and was on a six-game losing streak. That streak was broken by a 3-0 sweep of Seattle in the Wolverines’ conference opening match, a win which seemed to blow air into the sails for the Wolverines. Over the first seven...

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Wrestling: LaMont takes first at Las Vegas tournament

Having already made history this season with a first ever tournament team title earlier in the year, the UVU wrestling team achieved another program milestone on Saturday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational as redshirt freshman Taylor LaMont became UVU’s first ever CKLV Invitational champion. The 125 pounder, who was ranked no. 10 nationally in his weight class coming into the tournament, defeated four nationally ranked opponents en route to a 6-0 performance and a number one overall finish. LaMont won his first two matches of the tournament by fall, defeating Alex Nunez of Cal Baptist in the...

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UVU wrestlers find success at Wolfpack events

After a historic team tournament title at the Clarion Open to open the season, the UVU wrestling team returned to action as they headed to Raleigh, North Carolina. The Wolverines took part in the Wolfpack Duals on Nov. 18 before competing in the Wolfpack Open on Nov. 19. In the duals, UVU was matched up against Reinhardt, No. 7 NC State and UNC Pembroke. Against the NAIA Eagles of Reinhardt, the Wolverines put on a display of dominance, winning eight of 10 matchups. Matthew Ontiveros (149) and Tanner Orndorff (197) each won their matches by fall, while Josh Jensen...

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