Cowboys Beat Bears 25-19

Feb. 14, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming wrestling team improved their dual season mark to 7-7 after defeating Northern Colorado 25-19 in the UniWyo Sports Complex, on Tuesday night. The Pokes managed to take six of the ten matches to secure the victory with a lineup than was missing two starters and two Cowboys wrestling at higher weights than normal.

The Pokes were led by senior Dusty Hoffschneider and sophomore Carter Downing. Hoffschneider came out quick by scoring a takedown in the first three seconds and then later was able to take Justin Tuell to mat for a pin at the 1:43 mark. Downing was another Cowboy who scored early and often. The 149 pounder racked up points throughout the entire match to come away with a 13-1 decision over Kyle Levalley. Junior Gary Dack was another Cowboy who wrestled a good match with a 9-6 win over Devan Lewis at 165 pounds.

The two most exciting matches of the night were at 125 and 184 pounds. Sophomore Bryan Bernal who had stepped up a weight class to wrestle at 184 pounds, got a huge win during the dual with the score tied up at 13-13. Trailing late in the third period 3-1, Bernal kept on trying to shoot at Tim Sexton's legs for the takedown. Sexton held off, until Bernal was able to score a takedown with only nine seconds left to tie up the match. When the final horn sounded, Bernal was rewarded riding time to give him the 4-3 victory.

With the Pokes winning 22-19 heading into the final match, senior Bryce Leonhard stepped onto the mat knowing that a win would secure his team the victory. A first period takedown and an escape in the second period would be enough to hold off Beau Hessler. Hessler kept coming after Leonhardt down the stretch, but the Wyoming 125 pounder held him off for a 3-2 victory.

Senior Malcolm Havens drew a tough opponent on Tuesday night in #19 ranked Reece Hopkin of the Bears. Hopkin proved his billing when he caught Havens and managed to pin him at the 2:00 mark. Sophomore Kyle Dye was another Cowboy who stepped up a weight class to wrestle at 157 pounds. The UW sophomore kept battling against Nathan Gerrard, but Gerrard was able to come away with a 9-0 decision.

"I was happy with the way our guys came out and wrestled tonight," said UW head coach Steven Suder. "It's not always easy to win with two starters out of your lineup, a couple others wrestling up a weight, and still manage to pull out a victory. So therefore it's a win and we will take it."

The Cowboys will conclude their dual season this Friday night when they host the Air Force Falcons. The dual is set for 7 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex.

Wyoming - 25, Northern Colorado - 19

133- Tyson Shatto (UW) wins by forfeit
141- Richard Lohr (UNC) dec. Shay Lawrence (UW), 5-4
149- Carter Downing (UW) major dec. Kyle LeValley (UNC), 13-1
157- Nathan Gerrard (UNC) major dec. Kyle Dye (UW), 9-0
165- Gary Dack (UW) dec. Devan Lewis (UNC), 9-6
174- Shawn Hart (UNC) pinned Dan Barrone (UW), 4:13
184- Bryan Bernal (UW) dec. Tim Sexton (UNC), 5-4
197- Reece Hopkin (UNC) pinned Malcolm Havens (UW), 2:00
285- Dusty Hoffschneider (UW) pinned Justin Tuell (UNC), 1:43
125- Bryce Leonhardt (UW ) dec. Beau Hessler (UNC), 3-2