UW Wrestlers Handle the Cowboy Duals

Jan. 18, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming wrestlingteam won all three of its matches Saturday at the Cowboy Duals in theMultipurpose Gym in Laramie, Wyo. The Pokes picked up dual wins overNorthwest Wyoming College 32-15, Colorado School of Mines 33-6 and MontanaState Northern 21-16 to go undefeated on the day.

In the first session the Cowboys were tested by the Trappers of NorthwestWyoming College as they fell behind early 3-0 when 125 pounder KendallHorrock of Northwest Wyoming defeated Josh Geary of Wyoming 9-6. UW wouldtie the score at 3 a piece after the 133 pound match when freshman TysonShatto defeated Justin Bradley 9-5. In the 141 pound match junior BlakeGunter put the Cowboys in the lead 6-3 with a 6-4 decision over Eric Sabot.Luke Salazar, who is ranked nationally in NJCAA, gave the lead back toNorthwest Wyoming as he pinned senior Thad Trujillo in the 149 pound match,5:31, to make the score 9-6. Junior Andrew Shuler handled Cort Peterson byscoring 21 points on route to a technical fall in the 157 pound match,making the score 11-9 in favor of the Cowboys. In the 165 pound match juniorTrevor Murray won his only match of the day recording a technical fall overBobby Singleton, Murray did not give up a single point in the match winning15-0. Sophomore Justin Salas had not wrestled in over a month due to anagging injury but that did not stop him from recording a major decisionover Joe Woods 12-4 to give the Pokes a 20-9 lead. The Trappers would comeback in the 184 match when Carson Kleinfeldt pinned Cowboy freshman SamWendland at the 3:44 mark to cut the Cowboy lead to 20-15. The Cowboys wouldbe to much for the Trappers in the next two matches as junior Kevin Kessnerpinned Austin Hess in the first period of the 197 pound match and seniorheavyweight Brad Steele pinned Tyler Rhodes in the second period after notscoring a single point in the first period.

The Cowboys would have no trouble in the second session as the faced theColorado School of Mines. The Pokes won eight out of ten matches against theOrediggers and cruised to a 33-6 victory. Freshman Bryce Leonhardt got theCowboys on the right track with a 4-1 victory over David Lee in the 125pound match. Tyson Shatto won his second match of the day by defeatingStephen Lopez 10-3 at 133 pounds. Blake Gunter followed suit by recording atechnical fall in his 141 pound match against Lincoln Thomas. Thad Trujilloearned his first victory of the day with a 5-1 decision over Brian Kinsellain the 149 pound match for the Pokes. In the 157 pound match Andrew Shulerheld on for a 10-8 victory against Peter Jenson to record his second victoryof the day. Junior Levi Prevost won his first match of the day in the 165weight class by handling Greg Chirieleison 10-2 and recording a majordecision. Justin Salas didn't need much time to take care of Jeremy Pollockas he recorded a pin in the 174 pound match in only 2:28 seconds into thematch. The score was already 27-0 in favor of the Cowboys before theOrediggers would get on the board. Mark Dubrovich out scored Sam Wendland6-2 in the 184 pound match to make the score 27-3. In the heavyweight matchCowboy freshman Drew Severn battled Chuck Halstead to a 3-3 tie at the endof the third period. In sudden victory Severn looked to have the match wonbut couldn't complete the takedown and Halstead would go on to win by afinal score of 5-3. The Orediggers forfeited the 197 pound match making thefinal score 33-6.

The Montana State-Northern Lights were the Cowboys next opponent in sessionthree. MSU-Northern, currently ranked number one in the nation in NAIA,would be the Pokes toughest test on the day as the dual would not be decideduntil the last match. 125 pounder Bryce Leonhardt recorded his secondvictory of the day to start the dual defeating Andy Thompson 2-1, all threematch points were recorded in the final period. MSU-Northern took a 6-3 leadwhen Caleb Schaeffer pinned Tyson Shatto in the 133 pound match. At 141pounds Blake Gunter recorded his third victory of the day by defeatingAnthony Haukenberry 5-2, making the score a 6-6 tie. 149 pounder DustynAzure defeated Cowboy Thad Trujillo 8-6 to put MSU-Northern on top of thePokes 9-6. Andrew Shuler would answer back for UW by recording his third winof the day with 10-6 decision over Bobby Mantle in the 157 pound match. LeviPrevost, currently ranked 10th in the nation at 165 pounds, would add to theCowboy lead pinning Aaron Jensen 1:07 into the match making the score 15-9for the Pokes. Justin Salas earned his third victory of the day with a 12-6decision over Kyle Fisher helping the Pokes take control of the dual goinginto the last three matches. In the 184 pound match Mike Lester outlastedSam Wendland 12-6, pulling his team closer to a possible victory. EmmettWilson cut the score to 18-16 when he blanked Kevin Kessner 9-0 in the 197pound match. In the final match of the day senior heavyweight Brad Steelewould give the Pokes their third dual victory when he defeated Matt Carter7-6. The match was tied 6-6 with only a minute remaining when Steele managedto record enough riding time to earn the decisive single point for the winmaking the final score 21-16 in favor of the Pokes.

"Overall I don't think we wrestled very well," said UW head wrestling coachSteven Suder. "I thought our guys looked flat, and our guys who usuallywrestle with a lot of emotion didn't seem to have it today. Maybe areweekend off had something to do with it but we have been working hard andtoday was a very tough day for us. Montana State-Northern is a very goodteam we had to battle to the very end to earn that one but I think we needto be wrestling with some more emotion if we are going to get better."

The Cowboys are back in action on Jan. 22nd when they face NorthernColorado in Greeley, Colo. at 7 p.m.

Outstanding Wrestlers named for Cowboy Duals:

125 pounds- Bryce Leonhardt (UW)133 pounds- Caleb Schaeffer (MSU-N)141 pounds- Blake Gunter (UW)149 pounds- Luke Salazar (NWC)157 pounds- Andrew Shuler (UW)165 pounds- Levi Prevost (UW)174 pounds- Justin Salas (UW)184 pounds- Mike Lester (MSU-N)197 pounds- Emmett Wilson (MSU-N)Hwt. Brad Steele (UW)