Wyoming Wrestling Picks Up Conference Win Over Utah Valley State

Feb. 3, 2007

OREM, Utah -

The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team won seven of ten bouts to beat Utah Valley State 32-9, Saturday night at the Shurian Activities Center in Orem Utah. With the win, the Pokes improve to 3-9 overall and 2-1 in the Western Wrestling Conference.

"I thought we fought hard and did some good things tonight," said UW head coach Steven Suder. "Utah Valley State is a team that is going to be very tough in the future. I thought they fought us hard and I really respect their program. However, I am glad that we came out on top."

In tonight's win, the Cowboys won two matches by way of technical fall, one by major decision, two by decision and two by forfeit.

Junior Carter Downing and redshirt senior Sam Wendland each won by technical fall. In the 149-pound weight class, Downing beat Clayton Wolf 19-2 in 6:12 to improve to 29-7 on the season. At 197-pounds, Wendland beat Mark Dennis by a score of 23-7 in 6:09 and improves his record to 10-1 on the season.

In the 165-pound bout, junior Kyle Morrow won his match by major decision as he beat Dustin Olsen 10-2.

Juniors Bryan Bernal and Jason Still each won their matches on the night as well. Bernal beat Marc Fenwick 6-3 in the 174-pound bout and Still beat Eric McAllister 5-2 in the heavyweight bout.

Redshirt freshmen Nick Ramirez and Cory VomBaur each won their matches by way of Utah Valley State forfeits.

"I thought that we had some guys really improve last night against Cal State Fullerton and we challenged them to continue that trend tonight. The guys did exactly that and I can see them becoming consistently better. Carter, Bryan and Sam all had good matches and Kyle Morrow turned a page in his journey and wrestled his best match of the season," added Suder.

The Cowboy wrestling team will return to the friendly confines of the UniWyo Sport complex as they take on South Dakota State next Friday. The dual is set to begin at 7 p.m. and live video streaming will be available on UW official athletics site through Wyoming All-Access at www.wyomingathletics.com.

Wyoming 32, Utah Valley State 9
Shurian Activities Center, Orem, Utah
141- Justin Morrill (UV) dec. Garrett Desmond (WY), 3-1
149- Carter Downing (WY) tech. fall Clayton Wolf (UV), 19-2 (6:12)
157- Justin Rawle (UV) dec. Dane Fuhrman (WY), 8-1
165- Kyle Morrow (WY) maj. dec. Dustin Olsen (UV), 10-2
174- Bryan Bernal (WY) dec. Marc Fenwick, 6-3
184- Brock Jardine (UV) dec. Dan Barrone, 5-2
197- Sam Wendland (WY) tech. fall Mark Dennis, 23-7 (6:09)
HWT- Jason Still (WY) dec. Eric McAllister (UV), 5-2
125- Nick Ramirez (WY) wins by forfeit
133- Cory VomBaur (WY) wins by forfeit