Cowboy Wrestlers Down Northern Colorado 29-9

Jan. 22, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming wrestlingteam improved its record to 8-3 with a 29-9 victory over Division IINorthern Colorado Wednesday night in Greeley, Colo. The Pokes took seven outof ten matches from the Bears, including one by pin and one by technicalfall.

UW freshman Bryce Leonhardt aided his record to 14-10 on the year with a6-4 victory over Mark Hastings of UNC in the 125 pound match to give thePokes a early 3-0 lead.

In the 133 pound match Kyle Swenson of UNC defeated sophomore Tyson Shattoin a high scoring match 19-12. The win by Swenson was the first of onlythree for the Bears on the night.

Cowboy junior Blake Gunter recorded his second technical fall of the yeardefeating Ronnie Stafford, who's ranked No. 5 in Division II, 15-0 at the7:00 mark. The win is Gunter's 17th of the season.

Loren Hutchins would help keep the Bears close in the 149 pound matchdefeating senior Thad Trujillo, 5-2. Hutchins' win cut the Cowboy lead totwo, 8-6.

In the 157 pound match junior Andrew Shuler earned a hard fought victoryover Brody Olson, ranked No. 3 in Division II, 2-1. The win improvesShuler's record to 12-7 on the season.

Junior Levi Prevost made the Cowboy lead 14-6 with his 6-5 win over JaredDeaguero of UNC. Prevost, currently ranked No. 10 in the nation at 165pounds, has now won 23 matches on the season and has only been defeatedthree times.

UW sophomore Justin Salas had to win his 174 pound match in sudden victoryovertime to put the Cowboys out in front 17-6. Salas defeated UNC's TannerLinsacum 9-7.

At 184 pounds, the Bears would pick up there third win of the night withCole Allison's 9-3 decision over Cowboy freshman Sam Wendland. The Bearswould forfeit the 197 pound match making the score 23-9 in favor of thePokes.

In the final match of the night senior heavyweight Brad Steele recorded hissixth pin and 18th win of the season defeating Dusty Hoffschneider 6:46 intothe match. Steele's win made the Cowboy victory official at 29-9.

"The tempo was set in the first match of the night and it was very slow,"said UW head wrestling coach Steven Suder. "We were a little lackadaisicaltonight up and down the line up. UNC attempts to keep the scores low andthey did a good job of that tonight. We had a lot of wins tonight but theywere not pretty ones, we need to learn how to set the right tempo formatches and that is what we will be working on tomorrow."

The Cowboys will travel to Lincoln, Neb. on Jan. 25th to take on the 13thHuskers.