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The Open Pro/Ultegra combo would most likely be more durable, but the Bontrager's are probably a lot lighter.
Does your cousin race?
If it were me, I'd buy the matching rear, keep the Bontragers on hand as a pair of race wheels, and build up a set of Open Pro/Ultegra wheels for training. Then he would have a set of race wheels, a set for training/race-spares, and an extra rear wheel to put a crappy tire on for use on the trainer.