Cowboys Rout Portland State, 45-0

Jan. 31, 2004


Portland, Ore. -

The University of Wyoming wrestling team dominated all ten matches against the Portland State Vikings Friday night in Portland en route to a 45-0 victory. The Pokestook three matches by pin and three by major decision to improve theirseason dual record to 5-3.

The Pokes scored big in the first match of the contest when 141 poundsenior Blake Gunter wasted no time with Portland State's JoshCarroll. Gunter took the bout by pin in 1:57 to record his fourth fallof the season. The pin put Wyoming up 6-0.

UW's Patrick Shuler would put the Pokes up 9-0 with a 4-3 decisionover Eddie Dablen of Portland State. At 157 pounds, redshirt freshmanGary Dack outscored PSU's Derrick Bollier 11-2 for a Wyoming majordecision and a 13-0 lead.

Cowboy senior Trevor Murray improved Wyoming's lead to 16-0 with a12-6 decision over Devin Mar at 165 pounds. In the 174 pound boutredshirt freshman Josh Prevost recorded his ninth victory of theseason when he defeated Portland State's Nick Gomeza 11-0 majordecision, improving UW's lead to 20-0.

Wyoming got its second match win by pin in the 184 pound match asCowboy Sam Wendland defeated Josh Gustatson in 4:47. Wendland improvedhis record to 11-10 on the season and made the Cowboy lead 26-0.

Senior Kevin Kessner scored 10 points in the first period againstPSU's Allen Kennett in the 197 pound. Kessner took the bout by majordecision by a score 21-8. Kessner is now 3-0 on the season.

In the heavyweight match, UW's Dusty Hoffschneider recorded thethird Cowboy victory by pin. Hoffschneider took care of StevenFittinger in 5:42.

In the last match of the evening, 125 pound Bryce Leonhardt got his17th victory of the season with a 8-5 decision over Zac Enoch ofPortland State. The Vikings would forfeit the 133 match to make thefinal score 45-0 in favor of the Pokes.

The Cowboys will be back in action on Saturday when they take on theOregon State Beavers at 1:00 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore.