UW Wrestlers End Regular Season At Air Force

Feb. 26, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. -- In their final dual of the season,the University of Wyoming wrestling team came up short to the Air ForceFalcons Wednesday night in Colorado Springs. The Falcons won six of 10matches against Wyoming taking the dual 19-14. The Pokes close out theseason with an 10-7 dual record.

Wyoming got on the board early in the contest as 197 pound junior KevinKessner, ranked 19th, defeated Ryan Kaiser. Kessner took care Kaiser 18-3for his third technical fall of the year. The Falcons answered back as KevinHoy, ranked 3rd, defeated senior Brad Steele 9-0 in the heavyweight match.At 125 pounds, Wyoming freshman Bryce Leonhardt was defeated by Heath McKim6-3, giving Air Force a 7-5 lead.

Air Force added to their lead when Matthew Benza defeated freshman TysonShatto 5-1 in the 133 pound match, followed by another Falcon victory at 141pounds by Chirstopher Bennett over Blake Gunter 9-2.

Cowboy freshman Patrick Shuler won the second UW match of the evening witha 2-1 decision over Josh Peterson in the 149 pound match. Junior AndrewShuler followed his brother's lead by winning his 157 pound match with a 4-1victory over Justin Gabbard, and making the score 13-11 in favor of theFalcons.

Air Force would pick up another match win in the 165 pound match as BlaineBrown defeated junior Trevor Murray 11-5. The Pokes answered in the nextmatch as 174 pound junior Levi Prevost, ranked 12th, won by a 6-2 decisionover Jacob Lillich, pulling UW within two points of the Falcons 16-14. Inthe final match of the night, Luke Lefever held on to defeat Cowboy freshmanSam Wendland 2-0 at 184 pounds, for Air Force's 19-14 victory.

The Cowboys will next compete at the West Regional on March 8 inCharleston, Ill. The tournament will match Wyoming wrestlers againstcompetitors from Eastern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Fresno State and Air Forcein hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships March 20-22.