Cowboys Lose Dual to Broncos

Jan. 22, 2005

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The Wyoming wrestling team struggled in dual action on Saturday night against the Boise State Broncos at the MultiPurpose Gymnasium as they would fall 28-8.

The Cowboys would not get the start they hoped for as they lost the first four matches. The contest would start at 141 pounds where freshman Garrett Desmond would see his first varsity dual action against BSU's Jacob Scoles. Desmond got a quick takedown right off the first whistle, but those would be the only points he would be able to manufacture as he would fall 12-2 in a major decision. Redshirt freshman Kyle Dye would then make his way to center mat as he would face the number eight ranked 149 pounder, Ben Cherrington of BSU.

Cherrington proved his ranking as he pinned UW's Dye at the 1:30 mark. Next would be Wyoming's Carter Downing, as he stepped up a couple weight classes to face Luke Salazar. Downing would dominate the entire match, but Salazar would manage five late points to win by decision 5-3. The 165 pound bout would see UW's Dan Clum move up a weight class to go up against BSU's Russell Brunson. Brunson defeated Clum in a 8-4 decision. After the first four matches the Pokes would find themselves down 16-0.

Sophomore Gary Dack would put a stop to that as he would get the first victory for the Pokes against Ben Gilliland. Dack, who also stepped up a weight class, dominated Gilliland 17-3 at 174 pounds.UW's Sam Wendland would keep the momentum in favor of the Cowboys by shutting out BSU's Jason Cates in a 8-0 major decision. These back-to-back major decisions cut the Bronco lead to 16-8.

Boise State's Casey Phelps would stop the Cowboy run as he would barely edge out junior Malcolm Havens 3-1 in overtime. Wyoming heavyweight Drew Severn wrestled tough against number 16th ranked Eric Smith, but would fall short in a 2-1 decision. Smith received his second point by way of riding time at the end of the dual. Cowboy junior Bryce Leonhardt then faced the number four ranked 125 pounder in the nation, Andrew Hochstrasser. Hochstrasser backed up his ranking by defeating Leonhardt by decision 9-2. The final match of the night featured UW's Tyson Shatto against Scott Jorgenson.Jorgenson ended up with the victory 7-1 to give Boise State a 28-8 victory.

"Nobody lost tonight because they did not fight hard," said Wyoming head coach Steven Suder. "We had a lot of good efforts and that is one of the best performances I have seen Gary Dack wrestle."

"We are definitely a better team than we were two weeks ago and look to get even better as we approach the post-season."

The Cowboys will go into battle again next weekend as they play host to South Dakota State and Fresno State next Friday and Saturday nights. Both duals are scheduled to be at 7 p.m. at the MultiPurpose Gymnasium.