Wrestlers Beat Bears For Second Consecutive Win

Feb. 24, 2005


The Wyoming grapplers got their second win in a row when they defeated Northern Colorado in thrilling fashion 22-19 in dual action on Thursday night in Greeley, Colo.The Pokes snagged five of the nine matches on their way to victory.

Junior Tyson Shatto got things going for the Cowboys when he defeated Kyle Kaiser 3-1. The 133 pounder trailed 1-0 heading into the final period, but was able to score an escape followed by a takedown for his ninth victory of the season. UW's Garrett Desmond then fell to Kenny Hashimoto in 9-2 decision to even the score at three points a piece.

Redshirt Freshman Kyle Dye then untied the score when he defeated Nathan Gerrard in a 5-2 decision at 149 pounds. However, the Bears regained the lead after a major decision win by Mikell Surber over the Cowboys' Dan Clum, 15-5.

Cowboy Gary Dack quickly changed that when he got his fifth pin of the season by defeating John White at the 3:18 mark. This win brought the Cowboy lead to 12-7. Wyoming's Clint Stout had a rough night when he was pinned by Shawn Hart in 1:39 to make the score 13-12 back in favor of the Bears.

The 184 pound bout featured Wyoming junior Sam Wendland as he was going for his tenth consecutive win against Cole Allison. Wendland dominated the match in a 12-2 major decision bringing the Pokes back on top 16-13.

After a Wyoming forfeit at 197 pounds, the Pokes would take the final two matches by decision to win the dual. Junior heavyweight Dusty Hoffschneider tied the score up at 19 when he defeated Sam Safken 6-3. Bryce Leonhardt then sealed the deal for the Pokes when he beat Blayze Bahe 7-3 bringing the final to 22-19.

The dual concludes the regular season for the Cowboys. The next action they will see is when the travel down to Fresno, Calif. for the NCAA West Regional on March 5th.