Nov. 19, 2005
OMAHA, Neb. -
The University of Wyoming wrestling team competed against the toughest field they have seen this season at the Brand-Kaufman Open in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday. The field premiered six top-25 teams in Oklahoma State (#1), Minnesota (#6), Iowa State (#7), Indiana (#16), Nebraska (#17), and Boise State (#24).
Senior Bryce Leonhardt had a solid day for the Pokes as he finished with a 3-2 record. Leonhardt came away with victories in his first two matches as he beat Nick Fanthorpe of Iowa State 5-3 and Christian Smith of Virginia Tech 4-2. He would then face the #5 ranked 125 pounder in the nation in Coleman Scott of Oklahoma State. The senior battled tough with Scott, but fell just short in a 5-3 decision. Scott would later win the 125 bracket championship going 4-0 on the day. Leonhardt then came back to get another win over Brian Harnisch of Iowa State 4-0, only to end his tournament with a loss to Pat Castillo of Northern Iowa 4-1.
The 133 pound bracket featured senior Tyson Shatto for the Cowboys. Shatto who also finished the tournament with a 3-2 record by winning his first two matches. Those victories came over Mike Lopez of Luther 4-2 and Tyler Bjustrom of Iowa State 7-6. After falling in his next bout to Brett Allgood of Nebraska-Kearney, he came back to beat Pat Aleksanyan of Nebraska 12-5. Shatto's tournament then ended with a tough loss to Northern Iowa's Andy Hiatt 5-3.
Senior Malcolm Havens, last week's 197 pound Cowboy Open Champion, had a tough start to his tournament when was pinned in his first match by Josh Curran of Iowa State at the 1:14 mark. Havens then rallied back to win his next two matches over Adam Fellers of Iowa 6-1, and Chaz Cointment of Oklahoma State in a 4-3 decision. His tournament was then cut short when he lost to Derrick Hunsinger of Northern Iowa 10-4.
Sophomore Kyle Dye finished his day with a record of 2-2. In his opening match he defeated Jake Larsen of Wisconsin-LaCrosse 9-2, but was not able to keep it going as he dropped his next match to Anthony Haukenberry from Indiana 5-0. The 149 pounder then recorded his sixth fall of the season when he pinned Chris Keating of Northwestern Iowa at the 4:59 mark, but then fell to Aron Scott of Iowa State in a 12-5 decision.
Sophomore Jason Still got his first win of the year when he finished the day with a 1-2 record. In his first match he drew the #16 ranked heavyweight in the nation in Jason May of Nebraska. Still fought him tough throughout the match only to fall in a 9-2 decision, but then managed to turn it around as he defeated Richard Schopf of Iowa State 5-1. Up next was Tervel Dlagnev of Nebraska-Kearney, who would end Still's day when he defeated him 11-4.
Junior, 165 pounder, Gary Dack had a tough tournament as he went 0-2 on the day. He lost his first match to Phil Meinert of Minnesota in a 5-4 decision and followed it up with a 5-2 loss to Lex Case of Boise State.
The Pokes will return to action this Saturday as they will play host to their first dual of the year against Nebraska. The match will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the UniWyo Sports Complex.