Nov. 13, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Oregon Ducks found out just how tough it is to come to Laramie and wrestle, as the Wyoming Cowboys were too much for the Ducks on Friday night. The Pokes defeated Oregon 30-16 in the friendly confines of the Multi-Purpose Gymnasium.
The Cowboys came right out of the blocks with last year's 184 pound West Regional Champion Sam Wendland going head-to-head with Chet McBee. Wendland defeated McBee by decision 11-6.
The next match would bring junior Malcolm Havens and #7 ranked Scott Barker of Oregon at 197 pounds. Havens fought hard for a majority of the match, but Barker would end strong and be too much for Havens with a 14-4 major decision.
At heavyweight, UW redshirt freshman Jason Still competed hard against Cody Parker before Parker was able to pin Still at the 5:21 mark.
Then, all Cowboy fans were excited to see 125 pound junior Bryce Leonhardt back on the mat after suffering a season ending injury last year before the post-season. Leonhardt improved his winning streak to 15, as he pinned his opponent Joey Lucas at 4:51.
Oregon's Martin Mitchell got them back on track as he pinned junior Tyson Shatto at 1:12 in the 133 pound division. After this match Orgegon led Wyoming 16-9, but it would be the last points Oregon would get for the rest of night as Wyoming would win the next five matches.
Redshirt freshman Carter Downing started the run with his 7-3 victory over Skyler Woods at 141 pounds. Downing trailed early, but showed his toughness to come back and dominate the rest of the match.
The 149 pound match featured UW's Patrick Shuler and Oregon's Stewart Bogart and would be a long tough match. Shuler jumped out to a 4-0 lead and that proved to be enough as the match ended 5-2.
The highlight of the night would be at 157 pounds where Dan Clum got his first taste of varsity action. Clum didn't waste much time and made the most of his opportunity as he pinned Oregon's Mike Chalfin at 2:24.
The actual final match of the night was at 165 pounds and paired up Poke sophomore Gary Dack against Scott Woods of the Ducks. Dack would be awarded a unsportsmanlike point right away and used that to his advantage as he would never trail in the match. Dack ended up winning by decision 4-0.
Oregon ended the dual with a forfeit at 174 pounds due to Oregon's Shane Webster not making weight before the match. Webster is currently ranked #3 in his weight class, however these points would not play an import role because Wyoming already had enough points to win the dual before reaching this weight class.
"It's a lot more fun to win," said UW wrestling coach Steven Suder. "I thought it was a good start to this season, but like I told the kids after, I don't think we arrived yet. I was also encouraged to see some young guys show some maturity and get a couple big wins for us."
"I was happy to see Carter (Downing) show some maturity after getting down early and keep fighting back to win." Coach Suder would go on to mention that he was not surprised with Dan Clum's performance tonight. "Danny is a great kid and is going to be a very good wrestler for us in the future."
"It was also nice to see Bryce (Leonhardt) back out there and at a time where we needed a victory to give us a spark."
The Cowboys will not waste any time going back at it, as the University of Wyoming will play host to the 32nd annual Cowboy Open on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the War Memorial Fieldhouse.