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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The University of Wyoming wrestling team will be riding a hot streak to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, March 21-23.

The Cowboys won nine of 10 bouts in the consolation and championship finals on Saturday at their own Arena-Auditorium to storm back and win the West Regional team title for the fourth straight season.

The Cowboys trailed in the team race nearly all day. The ended up nudging past Western Wrestling Conference regular-season champion North Dakota State 79-76 for the title.

Wyoming also got some help from Utah Valley heavyweight Adam Fager when he beat NDSU's Evan Knutson 2-1 in overtime for the weight's championship in the final bout of the evening.

"That's what I've been waiting to see all year, for all 10 guys to wrestle with their heart and wrestle for each other," Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. "We needed to be close to perfect today to win. We spent most of the tournament in fourth place. Going into the last session, you're thinking we're in deep trouble but we're not mathematically eliminated. It was cool to see these guys come together and wrestle for each other and fight their tails off."

 The NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will announce the remaining 40 at-large qualifiers for the national tourney on March 13. Last season the WWC received one additional at-large selection.

 

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