Grapplers Down South Dakota State 31-15

Jan. 28, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming wrestling team defeated the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 31-15 in dual action on Friday night at the MutiPurpose Gymnasium. The Cowboys earned the victory by winning seven of the ten matches, despite two of the three UW losses coming by forfeit.

The Pokes got off to a great start when redshirt freshman Danny Clum pinned Alex Watkins at the 1:10 mark to give the UW a 6-0 lead. This would be Clum's sixth pin of the season, which is a team high.Wyoming's 165 pounder Gary Dack followed suit and pinned Chris Boub at 1:28. Dack's win improved his overall record this year to 17-8.

The Pokes then forfeited the 174 pound weight class to cut the Wyoming lead to 12-6. However, that did not seem to bother Cowboy junior Samuel Wendland. Wendland battled SDSU's Levi Krehmeyer throughout the bout, but proved to be to much as he edged Krehmeyer in a 5-2 decision.

The Jackrabbits were then able to get a win by 197 pounder Cody Nehl when Cowboy junior Malcolm Havens went down with an injury at the :43 mark. Nehl would win by medical forfeit to narrow the lead to 15-12.

In the heavyweight bout, junior Drew Severn picked up a late takedown at the 6:52 mark to pull off the victory 3-1 over SDSU's Scott Revier. Wyoming 125 pounder Bryce Leonhardt would get his second pin of the season when he beat Marcus Waters at 4:40. UW junior Tyson Shatto then dominated his opponent Chris Werth at 133 pounds. Shattoput on a takedown display as he won by major decision 17-7.

The only Jackrabbit highlight came at 141 pounds when SDSU's Dusty Kavitz would defeat Wyoming freshman Garrett Desmond in a 9-4 decision.

Wyoming's Carter Downing earned UW's final points as the 149 pounder would get a late takedown at 6:56 to defeat Chad Herrbodt 6-4.

"I was happy with the way we dictated the tempo throughout the entire line-up," said Wyoming head coach Steven Suder. "Dan Clum did a great job starting us off and Tyson Shatto had his best match of the year."

The Pokes will not have much time to rest as they will play host to the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday night at the MultiPurpose Gymnasiumat 7 p.m.