Cowboy Wrestling Falls to Beavers 22-12

Jan. 14, 2005


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The Wyoming Cowboys came up short against the Oregon State Beavers Friday night in dual action at the MultiPurpose Gymnasium 22-12.

The Cowboys got off to a good start winning both of the first two matches by decision to give the Pokes a 6-0 lead. Junior Samuel Wendland opened for the Pokes with a 3-2 decision over Jeremy Larson in the 184 pound bout. Malcolm Havens then fought for a victory against OSU's Travis Gardner 8-3.The Pokes would then struggle as they dropped the next three matches. Wyoming's Drew Severn saw his first action of the year for the Cowboys coming off football season, but his first opponent would be the #11 ranked heavyweight in the nation, Ty Watterson. Severn battled hard early, but Watterson would come out on top in an 8-0 major decision.

Wyoming's 125 pounder Bryce Leonhardt would then come to the mat and face a tough opponent in Eric Stevenson. Stevenson jumped out to a 3-0 lead, which would prove to be just enough as he beat Leonhardt 4-3.

The next match at 133 pounds was very exciting as UW's Tyson Shatto faced OSU's Bobby Pfennings. The match went back and forth and would end up a 5-5 tie after three periods and the headed into sudden-death overtime. In OT, Pfennings would get a take-down at the 7:15 mark to get the decision over Shatto. These three OSU victories would swing the score in favor of OSU 10-6.

Coming back from an injury, UW's Carter Downing showed a gutsy performance as he won his 141 pound bout 13-10 over Tim Norman to cut the OSU lead to 10-9.

Next, the 149 pound bout proved to be one of the most exciting matches of the night as Wyoming's Kyle Dye faced Orlando Perez. Dye, in his first varsity action as a Cowboy, would battle Perez to a 6-6 tie after three periods of wrestling. In overtime, Dye did not waste any time as he would take down Perez at the 7:25 mark to put the Cowboys back on top 12-10.

The 157 pound bout featured Wyoming's Dan Clum against Tony Hook of OSU. A third period reversal by Hook proved to be enough as he would beat Clum 2-1.

The final match of the night would bring UW's Gary Dack and OSU's Matt Ellis. Ellis, the #15 ranked 165 pounder in the nation, would come out on top to defeat Dack in a 6-2 decision.

The Cowboys would then forfeit the 174 pound bout which would bring the final score to 22-12.

"I know everyone one of our guys has more to give," said head coach Steven Suder. "We just did not have our best game tonight."

Coach Suder was then quick to praise Kyle Dye and Carter Downing's performances.

"Kyle is a fighter and finds ways to win," said Suder. "Then Carter showed a lot of heart to win in as much pain as he was in."

"Do not sell the farm on these guys, they're good kids and they will bounce back."

The Pokes will not have to wait long to bounce back as they will face Western Wyoming tomorrow in the MultiPurpose Gym at 11:30.