Cowboy Grapplers Lose to Bulldogs

Jan. 29, 2005

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The University of Wyoming wrestling team won just three of 10 matches and fell to Fresno State by a score of 35-11, Saturday night at the Multi-Purpose Gymnasium. Wyoming drops to 4-8 in dual action this season.

The Cowboys got off to a great start as redshirt freshman Danny Clum beat Jim Medeiros by a score of 5-2 in the opening match of the dual. Clum improves to 16-9 on the season.

At 165 pounds, sophomore Gary Dack was taken down twice and lost to Shane Seibert by a score of 6-0. Dack falls to 17-9 on the season. The Cowboys then forfeited the 174 pound match and went down 9-3 in the team score.

Next, junior Sam Wendland won the most exciting match of the night as he recorded a takedown with just nine seconds left in regulation to beat Fresno State's Jatinder Singh 4-3, in the 184 pound match. The Cowboys were then forced to forfeit the 197 pound match, due to an injury to Malcolm Havens last night, thus trailing 15-6 going into the heavyweight bout.

FSU heavyweight Clint Walbeck came out strong and was able to pin Cowboy junior Drew Severn at the 2:24 mark of the first period. Cowboy junior Bryce Leonhardt then dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Christian Bowerman in the 125 pound bout as the Bulldogs improved their lead to 24-6.

Junior Tyson Shatto then picked up the final Wyoming win of the dual as he recorded six takedowns and a pair of nearfalls against Sal Gonzalez in the 133 pound weight class. Shatto won the match by a technical fall score of 19-4.

Fresno State won the final two matches of the dual, one by technical fall and the other by fall to secure the dual win. Garrett Spooner recorded a technical fall score of 19-2 over UW freshman Garrett Desmond at the 5:31 mark of the 141 pound match. Dan Cadwallader then pinned Wyoming redshirt freshman Carter Downing at the 1:15 mark of the first period of the 149 pound match to put an exclamation point on the Fresno Statewin.

"The kids battled tonight in every match," said Wyoming head coach Steven Suder. "We might not be winning the matches we want, but we are a much better team than we were a month ago."

The Wyoming wrestling team will take next weekend off before hitting the road in two weeks. The Pokes will travel to Utah Valley State on Saturday, Feb. 12 and to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Feb. 13.