Cowboys Wrestle Tough Against UNI, Fall Against OSU

Jan. 20, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Wyoming wrestled two of the top schools in the nation in #19 ranked Oregon State and the Northern Iowa Panthers on Saturday, but lost 32-6 against the Beavers and fell short against UNI 24-16. Wyoming falls to 1-8 overall and 0-1 in Western Wrestling Conference while Oregon State improves to 10-1 and Northern Iowa 2-7 and 2-0 in WWC competition.

"We faced some pretty tough teams this weekend," Suder said. "There was some progress made from match to match. These are the things we need to take to the bank and emphasize."

Wyoming's only two victories against Oregon State came from junior Carter Downing and redshirt freshman Nick Ramirez. Downing was behind 4-8 heading into the third period when he got a quick takedown and then a 3-point nearfall to take the lead at 9-8. Oregon State's Derek Kipperberg committed a stalling foul resulting in Downing defeating Kipperberg 10-8.

"It was a close match, my coaches kept encouraging me throughout and helped me get the victory," Downing said. "It was ugly, but it was a win."

Ramirez was down 5-6 going into the third period against Oregon State's Jake Gonzales. Ramirez made a quick escape and executed a takedown in the last minute to earn the victory. With a riding time point added, Ramirez defeated Gonzales 9-6.

In Wyoming's first dual in Western Wrestling Conference action against foe Northern Iowa, the Cowboy's started strong and got the early lead. Ramirez won his third match of the weekend defeating Grant Ruge by major decision 13-2. Garrett Desmond defeated Mike Whisler 9-5 and Downing won his third match of the weekend defeating Ryan Osgood 7-4. The Panthers fought back to take the lead and the Cowboys could not battle back losing 24-16. Downing improved his record to 26-7 and Ramirez improved his record to 15-14.

"There was some mature wrestling this weekend by Downing and Ramirez," Suder continued. "We expect that from Carter and we now know when can get that from Ramirez. We have 12 guys tonight in the locker room that really care and are willing to give whatever it takes."

The Cowboys return to the mat Friday, January 26 to face WWC opponent North Dakota State in the UniWyo Sports Complex. The dual will begin at 7 p.m.

Results:

Wyoming vs. Oregon State
125 pounds Nick Ramirez (UW) def. Jake Gonzales (OSU), 9-6
133 pounds Bobby Pfennings (OSU) pins Cory VomBaur(UW), by fall 3:50
141 pounds #19 Kyle Larson (OSU) def. Garrett Desmond (UW), 8-2
149 pounds Carter Downing (UW) def. Derek Kipperberg (OSU), 10-8
157 pounds Keegan Davis (OSU) def. Dane Fuhram (WYO), 7-3
165 pounds Brett Arand (OSU) def. Kyle Morrow (UW), 9-3
174 pounds #18 Jeremy Larson (OSU) def. Bryan Bernal (UW), 10-6
184 pounds Kyle Bressler (OSU) def. Preston Pavich (UW), MD 13-4
197 pounds Travis Gardner (OSU) wins by forfeit
Heavyweight #13 Ty Watterson (OSU) def. Jason Still (UW), MD 15-6

Wyoming vs. University of Northern Iowa
125 pounds Nick Ramirez (UW) def. Grant Ruge (UNI), MD 13-2
133 pounds Kyle Anson (UNI) def. Cory VomBaur (UW), SV7 6-5
141 pounds Garrett Desmond (UW) def. Mike Whisler (UNI), 9-5
149 pounds Carter Downing (UW) def. Ryan Osgood (UNI), 7-4
157 pounds Moza Fay (UNI) def. Dane Fuhrman (UW), MD 17-6
165 pounds Nick Baima (UNI) def. Kyle Morrow (UW), TF 24-8
174 pounds Alex Dolly (UNI) def. Bryan Bernal (UW), 7-5
184 pounds Dallas Mitchell (UNI) def. Preston Pavich (UW), 5-0
197 pounds Andrew Anderson (UNI) wins by forfeit
Heavyweight Jason Still (UW) wins by forfeit