Cowboy Wrestlers Struggle Against National Powerhouse

Nov. 9, 2007


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Wyoming knew going into their opening home dual against the 14th ranked Huskers that they were in for a tough match. Nebraska didn't disappoint as they defeated Wyoming 47-0 Friday night at the UniWyo Sports Complex in Laramie. Wyoming falls to 0-1 on the season as Nebraska improves to 1-0.

"We talked alot about tonight and how we were going to approach this dual," UW head coach Steven Suder said. "Not one of our guys backed down tonight and none of them quit. That says something about our team."

Wyoming senior Jason Still battled against #6 ranked Jon May losing 7-3 while sophomore Brandon Gifford held his own against Nebraska sophomore Austin Baier. The match of the night went to Wyoming junior Eric Coxbill as he gave #9 ranked Stephen Dwyer all he could handle. The match went back and fourth until the third period when Dwyer scored a three-point nearfall to extend his lead to 5-1. Riding time was awarded to Dwyer to complete the win 6-3.

"We made some good decisions and some bad decisions on the mat tonight," Suder continued. "Those are things that happen early in the season and we need to start getting them corrected."

UW junior Cody Grant scored a takedown against the #1 ranked wrestler in the country, Paul Donahoe, at 125 pounds in the second period. Donahoe would eventually get the win but small victories like this one are what the Cowboys are going to focus on.

"The beauty about tonight is we get another chance to wrestle tomorrow at the Cowboy Open," Suder said. "Our goal tomorrow is to get better, to start raising the expectation bar to where we need to be as a team. I look forward to seeing our guys come out and compete tomorrow."

Wyoming will host the 35th annual Cowboy Open tomorrow beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the UW Fieldhouse. Participating in this year's tournament are 22 teams and over 400 wrestlers. Results will be updated regularly at