Wyoming Wrestling Team Fights Through Las Vegas Invitational

Dec. 7, 2002


Four University of Wyoming wrestlersplaced in the top 10 in their respective weight classes Saturday at theCliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. The Minnesota Gopherswalked away with the tournament team title with 131 points.

Junior Levi Prevost, currently ranked 18th in the nation at 165 pounds, wasthe top UW finisher placing 4th. The Sidney, Mont. native went 5-2 in thetournament recording one pin and a technical fall. Both of Prevost's loseswere to Tyron Woodley of Missouri.

Junior Kevin Kessner, from Rock Springs, Wyo., finished 6th in the 197pound weight class with a 6-3 record. Kessner battled his way through atough bracket by recording two pins, two technical falls and two majordecisions.

Senior Brad Steele, from St. James, Minn., placed 7th in the heavyweightdivision. Steele went 5-2 in the tournament winning two of his matches bypin. In his final match of the tournament Steele defeated Jacob Lininger ofMinnesota in overtime 5-3 to claim 7th place.

In the 141 pound weight class junior Blake Gunter, a native of Green River,Wyo., went 5-3 in the tournament, placing 8th. Gunter picked up impressivedecisions over Chris Bennet of Air Force 6-5 and Cris Brines of UC-Davis,6-2.

The Cowboys return to action on Saturday, Dec. 14, when they host FresnoState. The dual will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Gymnasium on thecampus of the University of Wyoming.

Wyoming Individual Results from the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational:

125- Bryce Leonhardt1-3133- Tyson Shatto2-2141- Blake Gunter5-38th149- Thad Trujillo0-2157- Andrew Shuler2-2165- Levi Prevost5-24th174- Justin Salas2-2184- Sam Wendland0-2197- Kevin Kessner6-36thHWT- Brad Steele5-27th