Cowboy Wrestlers Battle Through Brand-Kaufman Open

Nov. 21, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming wrestlers found some tough competition on Saturday at the 2004 Brand-Kaufman Open in Omaha, Neb. The tournament is one of the most competitive collegiate wrestling tournaments of the season and featured over 700 wrestlers.

Three Cowboys would come away with fifth place finishes in their respective weights. Redshirt freshman Carter Downing went 4-2 and defeated Lucas Christiansen of North Dakota State 18-8 to take fifth at 141 pounds.

At 149 pounds, junior Patrick Shuler posted an impressive 6-2 record and fifth place finish, with one of those victories by technical fall.

The other Cowboy to place was sophomore Gary Dack at 165 pounds. Dack also compiled a 6-2 record and beat Gary South of Luther College to place fifth.

Other notables for the Cowboys were juniors Bryce Leonhardt, Malcolm Havens and redshirt freshman Dan Clum. Leonhardt ended his tournament going 2-2 at 125 pounds. Clum finished 3-2 with one of his wins by pin and another by major decision at 157 pounds. Havens posted a 3-2 record at 197 pounds where all of his victories were by decision.

"I felt there were a lot of positives in this tournament," said UW wrestling coach Steven Suder. "This is the first time I have seen Partrick wrestle the way he did and he did a great job.

"Gary wrestled solid throughout the whole tournament and is continuing to get better and Carter is a tough competitor and has the tools to become an outstanding wrestler here at Wyoming."

The Cowboys will take the holiday weekend off before they travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Las Vegas Invitational on December 3-4.