Feb. 6, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The No. 24th ranked Wyoming Cowboywrestling team extended their dual win streak to five with a 30-13victory over the Northern Colorado Bears Friday night at theMultiPurpose Gym in Laramie. Wyoming took seven of ten matches,including two by pin and three via major decision. The victoryimproves the Pokes overall record to 7-3 on the season while theBears drop to 2-6.
After a Wyoming forfeit at the starting weight class, 141 pounds,Northern Colorado jumped out to an early 9-0 lead over the Cowboyswhen UNC's Dustin Uhland defeated Wyoming's Patrick Shuler in the149 pound match. Shuler was down early in the match, but was able totie the score late in the third period with a takedown to force thematch into sudden victory overtime. Neither Uhland or Shuler managedto score a point in the sudden victory period and the match moved to a:30 tiebreaker. It took two first score tiebreak periods before Uhlandscored an escape point at 8:38 to win the match 8-7.
The Pokes would win the next seven consecutive matches en route totheir fifth straight dual win. Senior Andrew Shuler, ranked 17th inthe nation, got Wyoming on the board in the 157 pound bout. Shulerdefeated Mikell Surber of UNC 17-6 for the four point major decision.The victory marks Shuler's team leading 21st of the season.
At 165 pounds, senior Trevor Murray for Wyoming took care of NorthernColorado's Matt Archbold. Murray scored four points in the firstminute of the match with a clean takedown and a two-point near fall.The LaPoint, Utah native then scored another takedown in the secondperiod and an escape point in the third period along with the timeadvantage to prevail for a 8-2 decision.
Redshirt freshman Josh Prevost for the Cowboys won in dramatic styleat 174 pounds against Northern Colorado's Alex Joseph. Prevostmuscled his way to a takedown at :10, a three point near fall at :23and won the match by fall at :43. The pin is Prevost's fourth of theseason.
UW's Sam Wendland put the Cowboys up 16-9 with a victory in the 184pound bout. Wendland scored eight points in the final period to winthe match 13-6. The win improves the sophomore's overall record to12-11.
No. 16 ranked Kevin Kessner won his fifth consecutive match sincereturning to the Cowboy lineup three weeks ago with his 10-2 majordecision over UNC's Reece Hopkin. Kessner allowed just one escapepoint against Hopkin as Kessner was penalized for stalling in thesecond period. The Rock Springs, Wyo. native has battled his way backinto the lineup after an early season injury to boast three wins bymajor decision.
Sophomore Malcolm Havens, a 197 pound wrestler, filled a void at theheavyweight spot for the Pokes on Friday. Heavily outweighed, Havensshowed why he is one of the hardest working guys on the team by takingthe match by fall against Matt Sens of Northern Colorado at 4:10.Havens' victory increased Wyoming's lead to 26-9.
Cowboy Bryce Leonhardt picked up Wyoming's seventh match win ofthe night in his 125 pound contest. Leonhardt defeated Kyle Kaiser ofthe Bears by a 15-6 major decision to extended his team leadingwinning streak to 12. A native of Casper, Wyo., Leonhardt is now tiedfor the second best record on the squad with a 19-3 standing.
The Bears got their second victory of the dual in the last match ofthe evening. UNC's Kyle Swensen won a 11-3 major decision over TysonShatto of Wyoming. The Northern Colorado victory made the final score30-13 in favor of Wyoming.
"We didn't know too much about these guys (UNC) but we did knowthey were going to give us a tough go of things," said UW headwrestling coach Steven Suder following the victory. "I was pleasedwith a lot of things I saw tonight. I saw some progress in some of ouryounger guys that are not usually in our lineup and they got the jobdone."
Wyoming will be back on the mat Feb. 13th when they travel to Boise,Idaho to face the Boise State Broncos at 7 p.m.