Grapplers Fall to Ranked Huskers

Jan. 25, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming wrestlingsuffered its fourth dual defeat of the season to the No. 13 ranked NebraskaHuskers Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers won seven out of tenmatches against the Cowboys to cruise to a 29-12 victory.

The Cowboys got on the scoreboard first when 133 pounder Tyson Shattodefeated Nebraska's Jarred Berger in a 8-3 decision. Shatto, a freshman fromDouglas, Wyo., recorded two takedowns in the match to put the Pokes out ontop early 3-0.

The Huskers would win the next six matches against the Cowboys. JuniorBlake Gunter fell to Matt Murray of NU by fall, 6:41, in the 141 poundmatch. In the 149 pound match No. 8 ranked Travis Shufelt defeated Cowboysenior Thad Trujillo 10-5. Junior Andrew Shuler battled Nebraska's NateMcMillin in the 157 pound match. Shuler headed into the third period with a4-2 lead over McMillin but with only :01 remaining in the final periodMcMillin recorded his second takedown of the match to win the match 7--6. Inthe 165 pound match junior Levi Prevost, No. 10 in the nation, suffered hisfourth loss of the season falling to Jacob Klein. Klein's takedown with only:02 in the final period gave him the win over Prevost 7-6. At 174 pounds No.8 ranked Travis Pascoe defeated UW's Justin Salas 14-5 to record a majordecision, and in the 184 pound match B.J. Padden, ranked 14th in the nation,defeated freshman Cowboy Sam Wendland by major decision 17-8.

With the score 23-3 in favor of Nebraska, UW junior Kevin Kessner recordedtwo nearfalls and a takedown against Kyle Gubbels before Gubbels had to betaken out of the match due to injury. Kessner won the 197 pound match by injurydefault to make the score 23-9. In the heavyweight match Cowboy senior BradSteele picked up his 19th victory of the season defeating Mitch Manstedt14-7. Steele recorded two near falls and a takedown in the final period toclaim the match for the Cowboys. In final match of the afternoon No. 5ranked Jason Powell of Nebraska defeated UW's Bryce Leonhardt by fall, 5:43,at 125 pounds.

"I was real disappointed with the score, but I was not at all disappointedwith the way our guys battled today," said Cowboys head wrestling coachSteven Suder following the dual. "In three or four matches we were justflat out classed. We lost three of five matches we thought going into thedual we were favored in and that is what hurt us today. We lost thosematches due to experience at this caliber of competition. On the bright sideit was good to face a team like this because this is what it is going to belike from here on out."

The Pokes will take next week off and then travel east to take on NorthernIowa on and Eastern Illinois on Feb. 8th in Cedar Falls, Iowa.