Cowboy Wrestlers Lose Heartbreaker to North Dakota State

Feb. 19, 2005


The Wyoming wrestling team dropped a tough match on Saturday night in dual action against North Dakota State at the MultiPurpose Gymnasium 22-21. The Pokes won five of the nine matches that were wrestled.

125 pound junior Bryce Leonhardt got things rolling for the Cowboys when he came out and beat Mike Merger in a 10-4 decision. Then Nick Magee got the Bison on the board when he earned a major decision victory over UW's Tyson Shatto 12-0. Wyoming's 141 pounder Garrett Desmond took down his opponent Lucas Christianson in the first ten seconds, but that would be all Christianson would allow as he beat Desmond in a 9-2 decision. This would extend the Bison lead to 7-3.

The momentum then would shift back to the Cowboys when UW's Kyle Dye picked up a win by injury default against NDSU's Zach Stevens at149 pounds. The Pokes' Danny Clum at 157 pounds, then picked up his seventh pin of the season when he won by fall over Collin Kelly at the2:51 mark. Wyoming's Gary Dack also came out on top in his 165 pound bout when he defeated Andy Pickar 7-2. These two victories by Clum and Dack would both be their 18th win of the season and stretched the Cowboy lead to 18-7.

NDSU's Adam Dahlstrom then cut the Wyoming lead to five when he pinned Clint Stout at the 1:56 mark. The 184 pound bout featured the hottest Cowboy wrestler Sam Wendland to mat against Matt Herman.Wendland out-wrestled Herman to a 5-3 decision and brought Wendland's win streak to eight. After a Wyoming forfeit at 197 pounds the score moved to 21-19. The heavyweight match proved its billing as UW's Dusty Hoffschneider faced Tim Kraemer in the most exciting match of the night. Hoffschneider got a takedown in the last fifteen seconds in the third period to bring the match to overtime.However, Kraemer then took down Hoffschneider in overtime to earn his 30th win of the season. This Kraemer victory ensured the win for the Bison 22-21.

"It should not have come down to that final match," said head coach Steven Suder. "We had our opportunities earlier in the match to get more team points. Sometimes those points are not as important to give up than to go and get."

The Cowboys will wrap up their regular season this week when they face Air Force in Colorado Springs this Wednesday and then turn around and face Northern Colorado on Thursday in Greeley, Colo. Both duals are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.