Cowboy Grapplers Fall to #17 Nebraska

Nov. 26, 2005


The University of Wyoming wrestling team fell in their first dual of the year with a 40-3 loss to the #17 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers at the UniWyo Sports Complex, on Saturday. Senior Tyson Shatto was the lone Cowboy who came away with a victory when he beat Patrick Aleksanyan in dramatic fashion.

The 133 pounder from Douglas, Wyo. did not start the match the way he probably wanted as he trailed 11-5 heading into the third period against Aleksanyan. However, the third period belonged to Shatto as he recorded five takedowns, a nearfall and one escape to come out on top 18-16. He recorded a takedown at the 6:50 mark to give him a 16-15 lead, but knew that was not enough because Aleksanyan had time advantage that would have made the match a tie at the final buzzer. So Shatto managed to take that last takedown and turn it into a two point nearfall at the final second to make the final score 18-16.

Senior Bryce Leonhardt went toe-to-toe with the #16 ranked 125 pounder in the nation in Paul Donahoe. The match proved to be very defensive minded as both of them only managed to record an escape from the other. The deciding point ended up being a stalling point rewarded to Donahoe in the third period to give the 2-1 decision.

Another Cowboy that battled hard throughout his match was sophomore 159 pounder Kyle Dye. Dye ended up dropping the match to Robert Sanders 9-8, but it involved a great comeback at the end similar to Shatto's match. However, Sanders managed to get an escape on one of Dye's late takedowns that proved to be the difference in the match.

Junior Malcolm Havens faced one of the best opponents he will see this year as he stepped onto the mat with B.J. Padden, who is currently ranked as the number three 197 pounder in the country. Havens fought with Padden throughout, but at the end Padden just proved to be to much as he won 16-6. Sophomore Jason Still also found himself facing a ranked wrestler in Jon May. May is currently the #18 ranked heavyweight and proved it as he was able to pin Still at the 2:01 mark. Junior Gary Dack was another Cowboy who had a tough day as he was pinned by Marc Harwood in 1:08.

Saturday's match introduced three new Cowboys in the lineup with redshirt freshman Dan Barrone and Preston Pavich, and freshman Shay Lawrence. Barrone fell to Jacob Klein by technical fall at the 5:28 mark, while Pavich fought hard with Matt Farrell only to lose 9-3. Lawrence fell to Dominck Moyer 14-2, although the match was a lot closer than that. Lawrence displayed some promise managing to shoot at will, but was not able to turn them into points.

"I am a little disappointed in the fact that they came into our place and dictated the tempo of the match," said UW head coach Steven Suder. "I knew that Nebraska was tough, but they were not that much better than us in the difference the scoreboard showed."

"Tyson's match was obviously the highlight of the dual for us, but we need more guys to step up this season."

The Cowboys will next be in action when they travel to Las Vegas, Nev. next weekend for the Las Vegas Invitational. This tournament is regarded as an NCAA Tournament of the preseason that will feature the top wrestlers at each weight class throughout the nation.