Grapplers Handle Western Wyoming

Jan. 15, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming wrestling team bounced back from a Friday night loss to beat Western Wyoming 35-13 in dual action on Saturday at the MultiPurpose Gymnasium.

The Cowboys got off the good start when 125 pounder Bryce Leonhardt beat Dave Beagley of Western Wyoming by major decision 10-2. UW's Tyson Shatto did the same in beating Western Wyoming's Cade Christensen by major decision 12-3. This got the Pokes off to a 8-0 lead after the first two matches.

The 141 pound bout introduced freshman Tye Wagner to varsity action for the Cowboys. He would face WW's Jeremy Baker who ended up to be to much for Wagner with a 9-5 decision. Next for the Pokes would be UW's Kyle Dye against Sam Allen of the Spartans. Dye would get an early take-down, but was not able to get anything going from there as he would fall in a 11-2 major decision. This would cut the Pokes lead to 8-7.

However from there, the Cowboys would not be turned away. UW's Danny Clum and Gary Dack would swing the momentum back to Wyoming as they defeated their opponents early by pin. Clum would beat Mark Fenwick at the 2:18 mark in the 157 pound bout and Dack defeated Luke Kjar at 165 pounds at 2:00. After the two pins, the score would be20-7 in favor of the Cowboys.

The Pokes would then once again forfeit the 174 pound bout to Mike Casperson of Western Wyoming. This did not affect UW's Sam Wendland as he would defeat Craig Mock of Western Wyoming 11-7. Malcolm Havens of Wyoming then finished the Spartans by pinning Western's Colt Hamilton at the 3:45 mark. The Spartans forfeited the heavyweight bout to UW's Drew Severn, which brought the final score to 35-13.

"Any win is a big win for us, especially after last night," said Wyoming head coach Steven Suder.

"Today was a huge turn around from last night as the guys came out with more enthusiasm and that was nice to see."

The Cowboys came out of the weekend going 1-1 and will head back into the practice room before hosting Boise State next Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Gymnasium.