Cayle Byers advances to championship tournament.
Competition at 55 kg, 60 kg and 96 kg will also begin tomorrow.
The Cowboys seek out their 35th national title, when they travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2013 NCAA Championships, which runs from March 21-23.
The Pokes will go head-to-head with each Big 12 team in a round-robin conference dual final on Friday; Then, the Cowboys will take to the mats Saturday for individual competition.
2011-12: NCAA qualifier who finished the season with a record of 16-10 and a dual record of 9-6 ... Placed third at the Big 12 Championships with a win over ISU's Luke Goettl ... Beat three ranked opponents on the year, all of which were major decisions ... Defeated No. 13 Luke Goettl of Iowa State 11-3 in a dual in Stillwater ... Also defeated Goettl in his first match of the year, pinning the Cyclone in 1:57 in Ames ... Placed third at the Reno Tournament of Champions, picking up four wins, including a 12-2 major decision victory against No. 20 Nathan Pennesi of West Virginia ... Also recorded a 13-2 major decision against Anthony Varnell of Great Falls in the second round of the RTOC ... Third on the team in dual near falls with seven.
2010-11: NCAA qualifier who went 26-10 as a true freshman, highlighted by an 8-3 win over Big 12 champion and eventual All-American Todd Schavrien of Missouri... Was originally slated to take a redshirt year, but was pulled out of redshirt at the national Duals when Luke Silver went down with an injury...Third-place finisher at the Big 12 Championships despite being seeded fifth at the event...Pinned Nebraska's Mike Koehnlein in the pigtail round at the conference meet, then beat Koehnlein again by a 9-4 score in the third-place bout... Scored an 8-2 win over Rutger's Trevor Melde at the NCAA Championships... His first varsity bout was a 7-4 triumph over No. 6 Chris Diaz of Virginia Tech... Enjoyed one stretch of the season where he pinned six opponents in a seven-match span... Won his weight class at the Fort Hays State University Open by pinning each of his five opponents to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the event ... Took first place in the 145.5-pound bracket of the 2011 ASICS FILA Junior Freestyle National Championships during the summer ... Went on to place fifth in the World Championships.
High School: Attended Blue Mountain HS in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., where he was coached by his father, TodKindig ... 2010 first-team ASICS All-American ... Won Pennsylvania state titles his junior and senior years and was a state runner-up as a sophomore ... Four-time state qualifier who finished his prep career with a 172-12 record which included a 42-1 mark his senior year ... Leader of a Blue Mountain team that finished as the state runner-up his junior and senior seasons ... Third-team ASICS All-American as a junior in 2009 ... A 2009 runner-up at the USA Wrestling freestyle national championships, Kindig ranks among America's top prep wrestlers in both freestyle and Greco-Roman ... Finished no lower than fourth in any national tournament in either discipline since 2007 ... Won the cadet freestyle national title in 2007.
Personal: Josh Kindig was born Aug. 23, 1991 in Auburn, Pa. ...Son of Tod and Kristi Kindig.
Josh Kindig Capsule