Dec. 6, 2003
Wyoming Wrestlers Finish Competition at Cliff Keen Las VegasInvite
Las Vegas, Nev. (December 6, 2003) -- The University ofWyoming wrestling team wrapped up competition at the CliffKeen Las Vegas Invite Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev. The CliffKeen tournament is one of the largest collegiate tournamentsof the season. Wrestlers from over 40 colleges anduniversities were featured in the two day invitational,which was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Two Cowboy wrestlers finished in the top ten of theirrespective weight classes. Senior Levi Prevost won his firsttwo bouts at 165 pounds on Friday before being defeated by4th ranked Matt King of Edinboro 3-1. Prevost responded onSaturday by defeating three straight opponents including No.5 in the nation John Clark of Ohio State 9-4. Prevost wasdefeated in the consolation championship 3-1 by Shawn Silvisof Central Oklahoma.
Another senior, Blake Gunter, was the other Poke grapplerto finish the tournament strong. Gunter won four matches toearn seventh place. He defeated No. 16 Tommy Owen ofMinnesota 3-0 in his seventh place match. Gunter improvedhis season record to 12-5.
Three other Cowboys also turned in quality performances.125 pound sophomore Bryce Leonhardt won his first threematches on Friday but suffered an injury in thequarterfinals and was forced to default out of thetournament. Sophomore Tyson Shatto wrestled through the 133pound bracket picking up three wins, two by major decision.In the 157 pound division No. 13 ranked Andrew Shuler pickedup three wins in the tourney before being defeated by 9thranked Brian Stith of Arizona State 3-2 in the fifth roundof the wrestlebacks.
The Cowboys will next be in action Dec. 29-30 when theytravel to Evanston, Ill. for the Midland Championships.
(for complete brackets and tournament information visitwww.thewrestlingmall.com)
2003 Cliff Keen Las Vegas lnvite Results
Bryce Leonhardt (125)3-2Tyson Shatto (133)3-2Blake Gunter (141)4-2 7thPatrick Shuler (149)0-2Andrew Shuler (157)3-2Levi Prevost (165)5-2 4thJosh Prevost (174)0-2Sam Wendland (184)1-2Malcolm Havens (197)2-2