Cowboy Wrestlers Open Up First Day at NCAA Championships

March 18, 2004


Senior Levi Prevost and sophomore Dustin Hoffschneider were the only Cowboys to win their opening matches at the 2004 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday in St. Louis, Missouri.

A native of Sidney, Montana, Prevost earned a 10-2 victory over Dustin Kawa of North Carolina State in the 165 pound weight class. He fell to Nick Passolano of Iowa State in the second round, 14-4, and will now face Craig Piquignot of Millersville in the consolation bracket. Hoffschneider opened up his day with an 8-6 victory over Marc Allemang of Duquense, but came up short, 3-2, against Greg Wagner of Michigan. On Friday, he will go up against Bill Stouffer of Western Michigan.

At 141 pounds, senior Blake Gunter (Green River, Wyo.) had a tough first round match as he fell to the number one-seed Scott Moore of Virginia, 11-3, as did Kevin Kessner (Rock Springs, Wyo.) against the top seed Damion Hahn of Minnesota, 12-4, in the 197 weight class. Kessner moved on in the consolation bracket after beating Jeff Clemens of Michigan State, 13-8, and will face Matt Monteiro of Cal Bakersfield on Friday. Unfortunately for Gunter his tournament is over as he fell to Joey Rivera of Boston University, 2-1, in the consolation bracket.

Sophomore Sam Wendland came up just short of moving into the next round with a 5-4 loss to Jake Rosholt of Oklahoma State. He also came up short in the consolation bracket as he fell to Nick Ciarcia of Brown, 9-4. Andrew Shuler was also defeated by Ryan Bertin of Michigan 14-5, in the opening round, but came back with a 10-5 win against Mike Kimberlin of Northwestern in his consolation round match. Shuler will face Matt Lebe of West Virginia on Friday.