Cowboys Edge #22 Oregon State 17-16

Jan. 31, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. -- The Wyoming Cowboy wrestlingteam defeated its second Pac-10 opponent in as many days with a 17-16dual victory over the #22 ranked Oregon State Beavers Saturday at the GillColiseum in Corvallis, Ore. Wyoming defeated Portland State on Fridayby a score of 45-0. With the win against OSU, the Pokes improve theirdual record to 6-3 while the Beavers are now 8-5 on the season.

Oregon State took and early lead to start the dual at 184 pounds. DanPitch of Oregon State defeated Cowboy Sam Wendland by a 9-1 majordecision to put the Beavers up early 4-0.

Wyoming would tie the match at 4-4 when senior Kevin Kessner shutoutCurt Willener of OSU by a 8-0 major decision. Kessner picks up hisfourth straight with the victory since returning to the Cowboy lineuplast weekend.

In the heavyweight bout, No. 18 ranked Dusty Hoffschneider fought hisway to a 4-3 decision over Jamie Rakeich. Hoffschneider was down 3-2with only :25 left in the final period before scoring the decidingtakedown of the match and prevailing for his fifth win of the season.

Sophomore Bryce Leonhardt won his fifth match in a row with his 3-2decision over Eric Stevenson of Oregon State. An escape point in thefinal 1:15 proved to be the match point in the 125 bout for theCasper, Wyo. native. Leonhardt is undefeated on the season in dualmatches with a 8-0 dual record.

The Beavers would close Wyoming's lead to 10-7 with a victory inthe 133 pound division. Tim Norman of OSU defeated UW's Tyson Shattoin overtime by a score of 7-6.

No. 19 ranked Blake Gunter recorded his fourth major decision of theyear with a 11-2 win over Kyle Larson of the Beavers in the 141 poundmatch. Gunter's victory put the Pokes ahead 14-7 and improves hisrecord to 19-6.

After an Oregon State victory at 149 pounds, UW senior Andrew Shuler,ranked No. 18 in the country, would pick up Wyoming's fifth matchwin of the dual in the 157 pound bout. Shuler defeated No. 20 rankedTony Hook of Oregon State with a 6-4 decision. Shuler's win improveshis team leading record to 20-5.

The Beavers would come back in the final two matches on the night.OSU's No. 12 ranked Matt Ellis defeated UW's Gary Dack in the 165pound bout by a score of 10-4 and No. 15 ranked Jed Powell defeatedCowboy Trevor Murray at 174 pounds by a 10-3 decision. The comebackfell short as the Pokes prevailed with a 17-16 win.

The Cowboys will be back on the mat Friday, Feb. 6th when they playhost to Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Gym.