UW Grapplers Begin Season With Intrasquad Scrimmage

Nov. 4, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming wrestling team open up their 2005-06 season with its annual intrasquad scrimmage in the War Memorial Fieldhouse, on Friday. The 17 match scrimmage was the first time this season the Cowboys simulated all the conditions that go along with a dual or tournament atmosphere.

Leading the way for the Pokes were the returning starters from a year ago. Senior Tyson Shatto came away with two victories by major decision when he defeated freshman Brandon Gifford 14-4 and freshman Cory VomBaur 11-2. Senior Malcolm Havens was another Cowboy to finish the night 2-0. The returning 197 pound starter fought hard in his first match to beat senior Samuel Wendland 5-4 and then turned around to pin redshirt freshman Preston Pavich at the 1:39 mark. Wendland later came back with a victory over sophomore Jason Still 4-2.

Other returning starters that had impressive performances on Friday were junior Gary Dack, and sophomores Carter Downing and Danny Clum. Dack earned his undefeated night with two wins by pin coming at the 2:00 mark against freshman Alex Reider and the 4:20 mark when he defeated freshman Justin Seim. Downing had an outstanding night beating freshman Shay Lawrence by technical fall 15-0, and sophomore Garrett Desmond in a 14-6 major decision. Clum, the returning 157 pound starter for the Pokes, made quick work of his mat-time when he pinned Seim in 1:30 in his only match of the night.

Redshirt freshman Mike White had a solid night when he started off the evening with a teeth gritting win over Desmond 4-3, but was unable to come back as he fell to Lawrence 6-1. Redshirt freshman Preston Pavich and Dan Barrone battled it out to a close 7-5 decision in favor of Pavich. Barrone would later manage to turn it around when he defeated freshman Alex Reider by technical fall 16-0.

Nick Ramirez had a nice coming out party for a freshman as he ended his evening unbeaten with two victories over redshirt freshman Cody Grant 11-1 and 4-1. VomBaur was another freshman that came away with a win as he beat freshman Brandon Gifford 6-0.

"The guys got their first taste of things that happen during the regular season as far as making weight and wrestling in a dual atmosphere," said UW head coach Steven Suder. "There are still some things that need to be addressed before next weekend, but you have got to start somewhere."

The Cowboys will begin their tournament season when they will play host to the 33rd annual Cowboy Open on Sunday, November 13. All matches will be held in the War Memorial Fieldhouse starting at 9:00 a.m.