Feb. 13, 2004
BOISE, Idaho - The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling teamhad its five dual win streak come to an end Friday night in Boise,Idaho as the Boise State Broncos defeated the Pokes 24-11. The Broncoswon three of the final four matches to secure their seventh victory ofthe season. With the loss, Wyoming is now 7-4 on the year.
The Cowboys were without three of their starters on Friday. SophomoreBryce Leonhardt at 125 pounds, senior Blake Gunter at 141 pounds andsophomore Patrick Shuler at 149 pounds were all out nursing injuries.The Pokes were forced to forfeit the 141 and 149 pound matches andstarted the dual behind 12-0.
Wyoming would get on the board in the third match of the night assenior Andrew Shuler, ranked 16th in nation, improved his overallrecord to 22-5 with a 4-2 victory over Ben Cherrington of Boise State.Shuler has now won nine of his last ten matches.
Senior Levi Prevost, who has been out for over a month with aninjury, returned to the lineup for the Pokes on Friday night. However,his return did not turn out the way he wanted. Prevost suffered hisfourth loss of the season as Russell Brunson of BSU took the 165 poundmatch by a 10-8 decision to make the score 15-3 in favor of theBroncos.
Wyoming would pick up match wins in the 174 and 184 pound bouts.Senior Trevor Murray defeated Jonathan Carisle of Boise State by a 6-4decision while sophomore Sam Wendland edged out Casey Phelps 3-1 tocut the Bronco lead to 15-9.
The most anticipated match of the night was the 197 bout as 12thranked K.C. Walsh of Boise State and 16th-ranked Kevin Kessner ofWyoming battled it out for national exposure. Going into the finalperiod Kessner and Walsh were tied at 2-2, Walsh recorded theperiod's only takedown with 1:00 remaining which proved to be thedeciding factor. Walsh took the match by a 5-3 decision.
Wyoming would win just one of the final three bouts. HeavyweightDusty Hoffschneider, ranked 16th in the nation, won in dramaticfashion over Jacob McGinnis. With under one minute remaining in thefinal frame Hoffschneider scored an escape point to take the lead andthen the match 5-4. Hoffschneider is now 7-3 on the season.
The Broncos were able to put the dual away with wins in the final twoweight classes. Clint Wofley won the first of those two matches with a10-8 decision over UW's Barrett Duell at 125 pounds, before ScottJorgensen ended the night's action with a 14-2 major decision overCowboy Tyson Shatto.
Wyoming will be back on the mat Sunday, Feb. 15th, when they hostCal-State Fullerton in Laramie. The dual is set for a 1 p.m. start inthe MultiPurpose Gym.