Wyoming Grapplers Downed by #15 Ranked Nebraska 30-12

Dec. 8, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

In its first home dual of theseason the University of Wyoming wrestling team lost to the 15th rankedNebraska Cornhuskers 30-12 Saturday night at the Multipurpose Gym inLaramie. Of the eight matches wrestled, Nebraska won six with bothteams winning a match due to forfeit.

Junior heavyweight Brad Steele gave the Cowboys an early 3-0 lead afterdefeating Nebraska's Pat Miron 9-7. Steele improved his overall seasonrecord to 18-4 and his dual record to 2-0.

The Huskers grabbed the lead for good in the second match of the nightwhen Jason Powell, ranked fourth in the nation at 125 pounds, pinnedUW's Reynold Candelaria to give Nebraska a 6-3 lead. At 133 pounds Pokesenior Kelly McConville was edged by Joey Malia 5-3. McConville wasranked 19th in the country at 133 going into the match.

Senior Mark Hamrick pulled Wyoming to within three points, 9-6, afterhe defeated Dusty Spaulding 10-3. Hamrick fell behind 0-2 before goingon to score nine straight points to take a 9-2 lead.

Nebraska won the next three matches to take a 21-6 lead. At 149 UW'sChad Plummer lost to Jeremy Baker 9-2, Levi Prevost fell to top rankedBryan Snyder by pin at 157 and Justin Salas lost to Tony Denke 12-5.Wyoming scored team points at 174 when E.K. Waldhaus won by forfeit. At184 Wyoming's Kevin Kessner was defeated by seventh-ranked Travis Pascoe11-7. UW forfeited the 197 pound match.

"Going into the dual we knew it was going to be a war," said UW headcoach Steven Suder. "I was very proud with the way the guys competedagainst such a tough opponent. We had a plan to try to keep the scoreclose but it just got away from us. We lost a few matches early whichhurt us but we battled as good as we could and just lost to a very goodteam."

With the loss the Cowboys fall to 1-1 in duals while Nebraska improvesto 4-0. The Cowboys return to dual action when they travel to 21stranked Fresno State on Friday, Dec. 14 and UC-Davis on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Wyoming WrestlingNebraska vs WyomingDecember 8, 2001Laramie, Wyoming

Heavyweight- Brad Steele (WYO) vs. Pat Miron (NEB)First Period-takedown Steele 2:01, 2-0...escape Miron 2:46, 2-2Second Period-reversal Steele 3:10, 5-1...escape Miron 4:35, 5-2...Third Period-escape Miron 5:34, 5-3...takedown Miron 5:44, 5-5...escape Steele 1:08, 6-5...escape Miron :55, 6-6 takedown Steele:32, 8-6...stalling Steele :22, 8-7...riding time Steele 9-7Steele wins 9-7Wyoming 3 Nebraska 0

125 Pounds-Reynold Candelaria (WYO) vs. Jason Powell (NEB)First Period-takedown Powell :50, 2-0...fall Powell 2:26Powell wins by fall 2:26Wyoming 3 Nebraska 6

133 Pounds-Kelly McConville (WYO) vs. Joey Malia (NEB)First Period-takedown McConville 1:04, 2-0...escape Malia 1:24,2-1... Second Period-escape Malia 3:08, 2-2...Third Period-escape McConville 5:18, 3-2...tech.violationMcConville 6:02, 3-3...takedown Malia 6:06, 3-5...Malia wins 5-3Wyoming 3 Nebraska 9

141 Pounds-Mark Hamrick (WYO) vs. Dusty Spaulding (NEB)First Period-takedown Spaulding :36, 0-2...reversal Hamrick 1:48,2-2...near fall Hamrick 2:59, 5-2Second Period-stalling Spaulding 4:30, 6-2...Third Period-reversal Hamrick 5:21, 8-2...stalling Spaulding 6:00,9-2...stalling Hamrick 6:10, 9-3...riding time Hamrick 10-3Hamrick wins 10-3Wyoming 6 Nebraska 9

149 Pounds- Chad Plummer (WYO) vs. Jeremy Baker (NEB)First Period-takedown Baker 1:22, 0-2...near fall Baker 2:01,0-4... Second Period-near fall Baker 3:37, 0-7...Third Period-takedown Plummer 5:13, 2-7...escape Baker 5:21,2-8...riding time Baker 2-9Baker wins 9-2Wyoming 6 Nebraska 12

157 Pounds-Levi Prevost (WYO) vs. Bryan Snyder (NEB)First Period-takedown Snyder :44, 0-2...escape Prevost :49,1-2...takedown Snyder 1:23, 1-4...fall Snyder 1:38Snyder wins by fall at 1:38Wyoming 6 Nebraska 18

165 Pounds-Justin Salas (WYO) vs. Tony Denke (NEB)First Period-takedown Denke 1:25, 0-2...escape Salas 1:53, 1-2,takedown Denke 2:11, 1-4...escape Salas 2:19, 2-4Second Period-escape Denke 3:24, 2-6...takedown Denke 3:33, 2-7...escape Salas 3:40 , 3-7...takedown Denke 4:11, 3-9...escape Salas4:42, 4-9 Third Period-escape Salas 5:29, 5-9...takedown Dente5:55, 5-11...riding time Dente, 5-12Dente wins 12-5Wyoming 6 Nebraska 21

174 Pounds-E.K. Waldhaus (WYO) vs. OPENWaldhaus wins by forfeitWyoming 12 Nebraska 21

184 Pounds-Kevin Kessner (WYO) vs. Travis Pascoe (NEB)First Period-takedown Pascoe 2:22, 0-2...escape Kessner2:44, 1-2 Second Period-escape Pascoe 3:04, 1-3...takedownPascoe 3:19, 1-5...escape Kessner 3:42, 2-5...Third Period-escape Kessner 5:40, 3-5...takedown Pascoe 5:45,4-7...takedown Pascoe 5:57, 4-9...escape Kessner 6:12, 5-9...takedown Kessner 6:40, 7-9...escape Pascoe 6:45, 7-10...riding time Pascoe, 7-11Pascoe wins 11-7Wyoming 12 Nebraska 24

197 Pounds-OPEN vs. Justin Ruiz (NEB)Ruiz wins by forfeitWyoming 12 Nebraska 30

FINAL SCORENEBRASKA 30 WYOMING 12

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