At least four BYU wrestlers are dropping to a lower weight class for the first time this season in preparation for Saturday's Western Athletic Conference Championships hosted by the Air Force Academy.
"Two weeks ago there was no way we could have challenged for the WAC title," says BYU Coach Alan Albright, whose Cougars are the defending champions. "But our team got together to try and make some things happen and I think we have a run at it."Dropping to 167 pounds is senior John Kohls, a three-time defending WAC champion. Kohls, who is ranked fifth by Amateur Wrestling News, has recorded a 31-5 record while wrestling at 177.
At 177 will be Corey Veach, the defending WAC champion, who has been wrestling at heavyweight for most of this season to record his 6-6-1 mark.
At 158 will be Dustin Hiatt, who has recorded a 6-14 mark primarily at 167 this year.
Perhaps the most significant weight drop comes from John Allen who trims from 150 pounds to 134 and sacrifices his redshirt year. Allen, a sophomore from Spanish Fork, lost over 20 pounds in recent days and has not wrestled competitively all season.
BYU recorded a 3-10 dual record this season. Joining BYU, Air Force and Wyoming at the WAC meet are New Mexico and Eastern Washington.