Cowboy Wrestling Has Tough Go at Buckeye Duals

Jan. 8, 2005


The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team went winless at the Buckeye Duals in Columbus, Ohio today. Wyoming faced Northern Illinois, Kent State, and Illinois.

The Cowboys opened up against #25 ranked Northern Illinois and the Pokes would battle in almost every match, but fall 25-12. The dual did not start the way the Cowboys wanted as they dropped the first two matches. At 141 pounds, freshman Garrett Desmond would battle Andy Hiatt, but lose an 11-2 decision. Next, UW's Patrick Shuler would fight hard in a loss to Mike Grimes 4-3.

However, UW's Dan Clum would get the Pokes on the board at 157 pounds with a victory over Joe Henning 4-0. Gary Dack would keep the momentum and defeat John Galloway 5-2. The Pokes would then go on to forfeit the 174 pound weight class and would forfeit it the rest of the day.

That didn't seem to bother UW's Samuel Wendland as he would beat Derek Lalowski 10-5 at 184 pounds. Next, NIU's 197 pounder Dan Huntsinger would defeat Malcolm Havens by fall at the 5:46 mark. At heavyweight, NIU's Joe Sapp would come out on top over Jason Still 5-2.

UW's Bryce Leonhardt would break NIU's short streak with a win over Chad Vandiver 5-3 at 125 pounds. The 133 pound bout would finish the dual with NIU's Pat Castillo defeating Tyson Shatto 7-2.

Next for the Pokes would be Kent State. The Golden Flashes would prove to be to much for Wyoming as they would win 36-15.

The dual would start slow for the Pokes again as they would drop the first three matches. UW's Ty Wagner fell to Jason McGee at the 3:29 mark in the 141 pound bout. At 149 pounds, Patrick Shuler would fall by injury forfeit to #20 ranked Jason Bake of KSU. Wyoming's Clum would then lose by fall to Kurt Goss at 4:41 at 157 pounds.

UW's Gary Dack would stop the streak with a 3-2 decision over Nick Brenner to make his record 2-0 on the day.

At 184 pounds #15 ranked Alex Camargo would go on to defeat UW's Samuel Wendland 9-3. KSU's Ben Rings would then follow with a 6-2 victory of his own over Malcolm Havens. The last actual bout of the match would feature Wyoming's Jason Still falling by injury default to the #20 ranked heavyweight in Tomas Rodriguez. UW's Leonhardt and Shatto would both get forfeit victories to end the dual.

The last match of the day for the Pokes would be against Illinois, where they would struggle to a 47-0 loss.

UW's Wagner started the dual against Casio Pero, with Pero winning by fall at the 6:40 mark. Wyoming would then forfeit the 149 pound weight class due to Patrick Shuler's injury in the match before. Illinois' Anton Dietzen then defeated Dan Clum in a hard fought 5-2 decision at 157 pounds.

UW's Gary Dack faced #14 ranked Don Reynolds and lost by fall at the 2:12 mark. 184 pounder Samuel Wendland then lost to Matt Winterhalter in a 9-1 major decision.

UW's Jason Still would try to battle through a previous injury against #15 ranked Matt Behnke, but it would be too painful and he lost by injury forfeit. Illinois' Kyle Ott then would win 7-3 over Leonhardt at 125 pounds. The final match of the day would be decided by major decision as Mark Jayne would defeat UW's Tyson Shatto 11-3.

The Cowboys will return to the mat next weekend as they have a busy schedule. The Pokes will play host to Oregon State on Friday night at 7:00 and then the Cowboy Duals all day Saturday. The Cowboy Duals will feature California Davis, Western Wyoming, and Northwest Wyoming. Both Friday and Saturday's duals will be at UW's Multipurpose Gymnasium.