Chris Pendleton goes from being one kind of Cowboy… to another.
The former two-time NCAA champ for the Oklahoma State Cowboys will be joining the coaching staff of the University of Wyoming Cowboys wrestling program.
Pendleton was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American at Oklahoma State, winning the 174-pound NCAA title in 2004 and 2005 by defeating eventual two-time NCAA champ Ben Askren of the University of Missouri in the finals both years. (Askren went on to win the Hodge Trophy, wrestle for the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and is now making a name for himself in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.)
In addition to his national college titles, Pendleton was a two-time Big 12 individual champion, claiming titles in 2003 and 2005. While at Oklahoma State, Pendleton compiled a 118-12 record for a 91% winning percentage. He also won the 145-pound California State Championship in his senior year at Lemoore High School.
“Chris has an outstanding wrestling pedigree and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our upper weights,” said Mark Branch, head coach at Wyoming, who was an associate coach at Oklahoma State when Pendleton won his two national titles. “He is one of the best technicians in the country and he has a passion for coaching. He has trained with some of the best wrestlers in the country and has coached some very successful athletes. I know he will do great things with our team.”
Pendleton served as a volunteer assistant coach for Oklahoma State in 2009-10.
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