Jan. 9, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboywrestling team took one of two Friday at the 2004 VirginiaDuals in Hampton, Va. Wyoming opened the tournament with aloss to top-ranked Purdue 19-17 but fought back to defeatLockhaven by a score of 25-9.
The Virginia Duals is one of the largest college wrestlingtournaments in the world and is hosted by The PeninsulaWrestling Association. This year's tournament featuressome of the best collegiate teams in the nation. The Cowboyscould face many top-ranked teams as #3 Lehigh, #6 Nebraska,#10 Arizona State, #19 Wisconsin, #20 Purdue and #22Edinboro are competing in the two-day tournament.
The Pokes picked up their first dual win of the season intheir consolation match against Lockhaven late Fridayafternoon. Wyoming took eight of ten matches against theBald Eagles for a 25-9 victory.
The Cowboys got on the board early with three match wins inthe lower weights jumping out to a 9-0 lead. 125 pounderBryce Leonhardt took care of Jim Collins 8-4. In the 133pound bout Tyson Shatto out scored James Barnes 8-2 andsenior Blake Gunter got by Chad Goldrick 4-3 at 141 pounds.
Lockhaven got one of their two victories at 149 pounds asMike Manley pinned UW's Patrick Shuler in 3:48. The Pokeswould win the next three matches as 157 pound senior AndrewShuler defeated Charlie Brennenman by a 8-2 decision. SeniorTrevor Murray followed suit by recording a 12-2 majordecision over Dave Beard and redshirt freshman Josh Prevostwon his 174 pound match against Dan Riggs 5-1 to giveWyoming a 19-6 lead.
Mike Greenburg of Lockhaven was too much for Wyomingsophomore Sam Wendland taking the 184 pound dual 5-1. UWwould finish with two more victories in the 197 and 285pound matches. Junior Malcolm Havens defeated Eric Ponce 3-1at 197 and sophomore Dusty Hoffschneider prevailed 9-3 overSteve Itterly at heavyweight giving UW the 25-9 victory.
"Our guys wrestled pretty tough today," said Wyominghead wrestling coach Steven Suder.
"Andrew Shuler, Trevor Murray, Blake Gunter, BryceLeonhardt and Tyson Shatto were all 2-0 on the day. Theywrestled solid and got us some big victories. My hat goesoff to them for how hard they fought today."
In their first round match the Cowboys jumped out to a 10-0lead on the No. 21 ranked Purdue Boilermakers, taking thefirst three matches by a combined score of 25-8. BryceLeonhardt got the Cowboys off to their great start bydefeating Sean Smaltz in the 125 pound bout by a majordecision, 10-2.
At 133 pounds, Tyson Shatto made the score 7-0 with anovertime victory over Chase Beebe. The Douglas, Wyo., nativescored the only takedown of the match in the extra frameprevailing 2-0.
Senior Blake Gunter put the Pokes up 10-0 with a 13-6victory over Ben Sprunger. Gunter shutout Sprunger in thesecond and third periods while scoring ten points in thefinal two frames.
Purdue got on the scoreboard in the 149 pound bout as DanJankowski outlasted UW's Patrick Shuler 4-1, making thescore 10-3.
Wyoming would go onto win the next two matches as seniorAndrew Shuler got past Brad Harper on a much needed ridingtime point 2-1 and 165 pound senior Trevor Murray handledBryce Markley in a 11-2 major decision.
With the score 17-3 the Pokes looked to be on their way tothe second round, but the Boilermakers stagged a comebacktaking the final four matches prevailing 19-17.
With the win over Lockhaven, Wyoming advances to the nextround of the consolation bracket. The Cowboys will take onNo. 22 ranked Edinboro at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the HamptonColiseum. Edinboro defeated Old Dominion in the first roundbut fell in their next dual against No. 11 Arizona State.