UW Grapplers Down Jacks

Jan. 27, 2006

BROOKINGS, S.D. -

The University of Wyoming wrestling team started their weekend road trip 1-0 as they defeated the South Dakota Jackrabbits 26-18 in Brookings, S.D., on Friday night. The Cowboys, now 4-5 in dual action, took five of the eight matches wrestled after the 125 and 197-pound weight classes were determined by forfeit.

Senior Dusty Hoffschneider and sophomore Danny Clum both came away with major decisions over their opponents. Hoffschneider beat Jason Stripling 14-4 in the heavyweight match, while Clum took care of business in the 157-pound bout with a 9-0 victory over Andy Everson.

"Dan Clum looked very good and Dusty came out and really got after it following the disappointing match he had last week (against Utah Valley State)", said UW head coach Steven Suder.

Redshirt freshman Cody Grant stepped up to the 133 pound weight class and earned a victory when he beat Marcus Waters in a 6-5 decision. In the 184-pound bout, redshirt freshman Preston Pavich jumped out to a 5-0 lead before his opponent Levi Krehmeyer managed to score right before the end of the second period. This lead proved to much for Krehmeyer as Pavich prevailed with a 5-3 victory. The other win for the Pokes came in the 165-pound match when junior Gary Dack defeated Nate Althoff by an injury default.

The toughest loss in the dual came at 149 pounds when sophomore Carter Downing was up 16-7 late in the third period. With 5:36 off the clock, SDSU's Brad Gregory managed to get Downing on his back for a pin. Redshirt freshman Dan Barrone lost a close match to Travis Gottschalk 3-1, while freshman Shay Lawrence fell to Derek Pirner in a 7-3 decision.

"It was a pretty stressful match because there was a lot of strategy being played," added Suder. "The guys fought hard and it's been a strange road trip so far with a lot of down time. I'm hoping we come out a little more passionate and a little more ready on Saturday than we did tonight."

The Pokes will next face North Dakota State on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in Fargo, N.D.