Cowboy Wrestling Falls To Fresno State

Feb. 20, 2004

FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 25th ranked University ofWyoming wrestling suffered a disappointing loss Friday night inFresno, Calif. falling to Fresno State by a final score of 18-17.Wyoming took five of ten matches from the Bulldogs including two bymajor decision, but a UW forfeit at 149 pounds proved to be thedeciding factor in the loss.

Wyoming moves to 8-5 with the defeat and has dropped two of its lastthree duals. The Bulldogs move to 7-11 with the victory.

The Cowboys started strong and got out to an early 8-0 lead asseniors Andrew Shuler and Levi Prevost defeated their opponents.Shuler, ranked 16th in the country, defeated Shane Seibert of FresnoState by a 12-4 major decision in the 157 pound match. No. 13th rankedLevi Prevost took down Sean Sheets by a major decision, 13-5, for theearly lead.

After Bulldog victories at 174 and 184 pounds UW senior KevinKessner, ranked 11th, increased Wyoming's lead to 11-6 with a 4-1victory over No. 10 Marcio Boteho of Fresno State.

The Bulldogs would respond by taking the heavyweight and 125 poundmatches. No. 7 Clint Walbeck defeated No. Dusty Hoffschneider ofWyoming 3-1, while Christian Bowerman of FSU took down UW's BarrettDuell by a 7-3 decision.

Cowboys Tyson Shatto and Blake Gunter picked up Wyoming wins in the133 and 141 pound bouts. Shatto won by a 10-5 decision over JoeStewart of the Bulldogs. Gunter picked up his 21st victory of theseason with a 4-0 shutout of Ben Martinez making the score 17-12 infavor of the Pokes.

Fresno State would earn their final six points via a Wyoming forfeitin the final match at 149 pounds, making the final margin of victory18-17.

The Cowboys will go for their ninth dual win of the year Saturdaywhen the take on UC-Davis at 8:00 p.m. in Davis, Calif.

Fresno State def. No. 25 Wyoming, 18-17
157 - #16 Andrew Shuler (Wyo) maj. dec. Shane Seibert (FS), 12-4 (Wyo 4-0)
165 - #13 Levi Prevost (Wyo) maj. dec. Sean Sheets (FS), 13-5 (Wyo 8-0)
174 - Anthony Rubalcava (FS) dec. Trevor Murray (Wyo), 3-1 (Wyo 8-3)
184 - Greg Gifford (FS) dec. Sam Wendland (Wyo), 6-5 (Wyo 8-6)
197 - #11 Kevin Kessner (Wyo) dec. #10 Marcio Botelho (FS), 4-1 (Wyo 11-6)
HWT - #7 Clint Walbeck (FS) dec. #16 Dusty Hoffschneider (Wyo), 3-1 (Wyo 11-9)
125 - Christian Bowerman (FS) dec. Barrett Duell (Wyo), 7-3 (FS 12-11)
133 - Tyson Shatto (Wyo) dec. Joe Stewart (FS), 10-5 (Wyo 14-12)
141 - Blake Gunter (Wyo) dec. Ben Martinez (FS), 4-0 (Wyo 17-12)
149 - #15 Casey Olson (FS) won by forfeit (FS 18-17)