Cowboy Grapplers down Wolverines

Feb. 12, 2005


The Wyoming wrestling team defeated the Utah Valley State College Wolverines 35-13, on Saturday afternoon in Orem, Utah. The Pokes earned the victory by winning seven of ten bouts, including a technical decision, a major decision, and a pin.

The match started out at 141 pounds when Wyoming's Garrett Desmond defeated Clayton Wolf in a 7-5 decision. Teammate Carter Downing then followed with a dominating 18-3 technical fall victory over Brandon Meise. This gave the Pokes an early 8-0 lead.

The Wolverines then got their first victory of the night at 157 pounds when Tanner Cowan battled with UW's Kyle Dye. Cowan would come out on top with a 2-1 decision. The Wolverines then forfeited the 165 pound bout to give the Cowboys a 14-3 advantage. UVSC's Wayne Watts then got their second win of the night when he pinned UW's Clint Stout at the 1:50 mark to cut the Wyoming lead to 14-9.

Junior Sam Wendland then cut the Wolverine momentum when he beat Ivan Bigney in a 16-7 major decision to bring the Wyoming lead back up to 18-9. The Cowboys then forfeited the 197 pound bout due to a Malcolm Havens injury back on Jan. 28.

After the forfeit at 197 pounds it would be all Cowboys from then on out. The heavyweight bout featured the return of 2004 West Regional Champion Dusty Hoffschneider back to the mat against Darren Cooper.Hoffschneider came out right where he left off last season as he pinned Cooper at the 3:57 mark. Wyoming 125 pounder Bryce Leonhardt then battled against Talon Vickers of UVSC in the most exciting match of the day. Leonhardt earned his 12th win of the season when he beat Vickers with an escape in the third overtime 4-3. The Wolverines then would forfeit the 133 pound bout to end the dual 35-13 in favor of the Cowboys.

"I thought we wrestled pretty tough," said Wyoming head coach Steven Suder. "We still have to eliminate some little things that may have not hurt us today, but can hurt us later in the post season."

Coach Suder would go on to mention how happy he was to see Garrrett Desmond wrestle smart and tough to get a much needed win for himself.

The Pokes will now travel to Fullerton, Calif., to face the California State-Fullerton Titans tomorrow at 1 p.m (MST).