Jan. 18, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Missouri Tigers showed why theyare the No. 9 ranked team in the nation Friday night in Laramie bywinning their 11th-straight dual match of the season 30-9, over theWyoming Cowboys. The Pokes were able to score three victories overMissouri, who had seven of its 10 wrestlers nationally ranked in theirrespective weight classes.
The Tigers, undefeated at 11-0, put the Pokes in a deficit right offthe start by winning the first three matches of the night to take anearly 13-0 lead. Missouri's Scott Barker, ranked seventh in the nation,defeated UW freshman Malcolm Havens at 197, No. 15 ranked Kevin Harronbeat Cowboy heavyweight Brad Steele 9-0 and Mark Bader took care ofCowboy sophomore Reynold Candelaria 20-3.
Wyoming got on the board at 133 pounds when senior Kelly McConville(17-8) won a close match over Chris McCormick, 3-0. The two battledthrough two scoreless periods before McConville scored a reversal in thethird, followed by a point for a riding time advantage at the conclusionof the match.
Senior Mark Hamrick, from Wheatland, Wyo., brought the Cowboys towithin 13-6 after he defeated 18th-ranked J.P. Reese in another shutout,5-0. Hamrick (17-8) scored a takedown at the end of the first period, areversal in the second and was awarded a riding time advantage to claimthe victory.
Missouri would go on to win the next four matches to take a commanding30-6 lead. At 149 UW junior Thad Trujillo kept things close withninth-ranked Jeremy Spates, but eventually fell 6-1. Missouri's KennyBurleson scored a technical fall over Jason Waneka at 157, with adominating 21-6 win. The Tigers won the 165 pound match by forfeit.Wyoming redshirt freshman E.K. Waldhaus nearly upset No. 7 ranked JohnKopnisky in the 174 pound match but couldn't score a takedown in thefinal seconds of the third period which would have sent the match toovertime. Kopnisky won a very close match by a score of 5-3.
In the final match of the night at 184 pounds UW sophomore KevinKessner, from Rock Springs, Wyo., won a hard fought match by a score of6-4 over Missouri's Dante Stone. Kessner scored a takedown early in thefirst period to take a 2-0 lead and never looked back. Stone tied thematch at 2-2 in the second after an escape but Kessner countered withtwo more takedowns to close out the match. Kessner's season record nowstands at 13-7 on the season.
"Everybody really battled tonight, nobody went out and gave up," saidUW head coach Steven Suder. "I thought our guys competed hard and I wasproud to sit in out corner. We lost to a tough team, beat a couple oftheir top guys and scared a few others so that's a positive for us fromthis match.
"We had four guys who went out there are really competed well againstsome solid opponents. I was very proud of Kelly (McConville), Mark(Hamrick) and Kevin's (Kessner) performances. I was also very pleasedwith E.K.'s (Waldhaus) match. He wrestled an extremely tough guy to atwo point loss and almost a draw. I've seen his opponent really crushpeople this season but E.K. shut him down." Suder said.
With the loss the Cowboys season record falls to 3-8. Things don't getany easier for Wyoming as they will hit the mats against a tough BoiseState team on Jan. 25, in Boise, Idaho.
Complete Results From Dual vs. Missouri:
Missouri 30, Wyoming 9
197- Barker (Mizzou) defeated Havens (WYO), 19-7HWT- Harron (Mizzou) defeated Steele (WYO), 9-0125- Bader (Mizzou) defeated Candelaria (WYO), 20-3133- McConville (WYO) defeated McCormick (Mizzou), 3-0141- Hamrick (WYO) defeated Reese (Mizzou), 5-0149- Spates (Mizzou) defeated Trujillo (WYO), 6-1157- Burleson (Mizzou) defeated Waneka (WYO), 21-6165- Woodley (Mizzou) won by forfeit174- Kopnisky (Mizzou) defeated Waldhaus (WYO), 5-3184- Kessner (WYO) defeated Stone (Mizzou), 6-4