Pokes Take Two Hosting Cowboy Duals

Jan. 24, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming wrestlingteam hosted the 2004 Cowboy Duals in the MultiPurpose Gym in Laramie onSaturday. The Pokes battled two of the top junior college programs in thecountry in Western Wyoming Community College and Northwest College.

In their first dual the Cowboys defeated the Spartans of Western Wyomingby a score of 38-9. Wyoming took eight of ten matches, including twoforfeit's by the Spartans at 125 and 157 pounds.

Sophomore Tyson Shatto took care of Lyle Evans of Western Wyoming 7-1 inthe 133 pound match to put the Cowboys on top 9-0. UW senior Blake Gunterfollowed with pin over Mark Fisher in 2:20 to make the score 15-0 in favorof Wyoming.

In the 149 pound match sophomore Patrick Shuler won his match by atechnical fall at 6:16. Shuler recorded five takedown's and twonearfall's in the match for a 18-2 victory.

Western Wyoming would pick up their two victories in the 165 and 174 poundbouts. Nick Larsen of the Spartans put down UW's Trevor Murray at 165pounds, taking the match 4-3. At 174 pounds Mike Casperson caught JoshPrevost off guard taking the bout by pin at 2:58.

Cowboy Sam Wendland improved UW's lead to 29-9 with a victory at 184pounds. Wendland shutout Luke Kjar of Western Wyoming 5-0 for the victory.

In his first match of the season, senior Kevin Kessner wasted no time withWestern Wyoming's Bryce Murray. Kessner took the 197 pound match via pinat 3:14. Kessner has been out with an injury since the beginning of theseason.

Heavyweight Dusty Hoffschneider capped off the dual with a 7-3 decisionover John Fager of the Spartans. Hoffschneider scored on two takedowns inthe third period to seal the victory and make the final score 38-9 in favorof the Cowboys.

The Pokes faced the Northwest College Trappers in their second dual, theTrappers are currently ranked No. 1 in the junior college ranks. Wyomingtook eight of ten matches from Northwest for a 33-6 victory.

Bryce Leonhardt got the Cowboys on the board early with a 7-4 decisionover Northwest's Seth Wright 7-4 in the 125 pound match. Northwest wouldanswer in the 133 pound bout as Patrick Sharp defeated Wyoming's TysonShatto by a 7-3 decision, tieing the score at 3-3.

Senior Blake Gunter out-scored Erik Sabot of Northwest at 141 pounds by a5-2 decision. Gunter scored on two escape points in the final three minutesto put the Cowboys on top 6-3.

Wyoming's Patrick Shuler edged Luke Salazar in the 149 pound match by ascore of 3-2. Shuler scored his three points in the first period and thendefended his lead for the victory. At 157 pounds redshirt freshman GaryDack made his first appearance in the Cowboy lineup a good one by defeatingCort Petersen by pin in 3:34.

Senior Andrew Shuler wrestled up in the 165 pound division and collectedWyoming's fifth match win. He defeated Kade Caturia by pin at 5:54.Shuler had a 17-5 lead over Caturia before taking the match by fall.

Cowboy senior Trevor Murray only needed one escape point in the finalperiod to win the 174 pound bout for the Pokes. Murray scored the onlypoint of the match against Northwest's Trevor Moss for a 1-0 victory.

The Pokes would take the next two matches at 184 and 197 pounds. SophomoreSam Wendland was too much for Pete Julander taking the bout by a 8-3decision. Kevin Kessner picked up his second pin on the day defeating JessHolmgren in 1:34 at 197 pounds.

Northwest picked up their second match win in the heavyweight match asTyler Rhodes defeated Dusty Hoffschneider 4-1, making the final score 33-6in favor of Wyoming.

The Cowboys will be in action next on Jan. 30th when they travel toPortland, Ore. to take on Portalnd State.