Cowboys and Badgers Tie 19-19 in Wrestling Dual

December 11, 1998


The University of Wyoming wrestling team battled Wisconsin and both teams emerged with 19 team points.

The Badgers jumped out to a lead of 16-4 after six matches. But Wyoming fought back to take a 19-16 lead after heavyweight Abe Boomer pinned Dave Neumyer at the 1:49 mark.

In the final match of the evening, Kevin Black of Wisconsin defeated the Cowboys Chris Bouchard 5-4 to earn the tie. Wyoming is now 1-0-1 on the year and the Badgers are 1-2-1.

The following are quotes from University of Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder after the dual with Wisconsin:

"I thought we just blew a great opportunity to get some confidence going into Nebraska and the second half of our season. I have no explanation for what was going on out there. I have asked for one and our guys dont have one for me.

"We were counting on certain guys, and they wrestled how they are supposed to wrestle for us. Looking up and down the lineup, we knew we had to win certain matches, and we won them.

"These guys know what our expectations are as a staff. And it doesnt have anything to do with winning and losing. I want these guys to be free to use all their skill for seven minutes. At the end of the match, they shake hands and one of them gets their hand raised.

"I want them to battle for seven minutes. I want them to be proud of themselves, I want those people in the stands to be proud of them. Thats how Wyoming Cowboys compete."

The next action for Wyoming is Sunday, Dec. 13, when they travel to Lincoln to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Match time is 2:00 p.m.

Match Recap
133 lbs - Walker (Wyo) vs Owens (Wisc), Walker wins 8-0, Wyo 4 Wisc 0

141 lbs - Wyman (Wyo) vs McNellis (Wisc), McNellis wins 6-5, Wyo 4 Wisc 3

149 lbs - Hamrick (Wyo) vs Coufal (Wisc), Coufal wins 12-7, Wyo 4 Wisc 6

157 lbs - Winninger (Wyo) vs Wallman (Wisc), Wallman wins 6-4, Wyo 4 Wisc 9

165 lbs - Wood (Wyo) vs Pritzlaff (Wisc), Pritzlaff wins 18-8, Wyo 4 Wisc 13

174 lbs - Sell (Wyo) vs Clauson (Wisc), Clauson wins 9-5, Wyo 4 Wisc 16

184 lbs - Schenk (Wyo) vs Alf (Wisc), Schenk wins by fall at 3:35, Wyo 10 Wisc 16

197 lbs - Rumsey (Wyo) vs Pernat (Wisc), Rumsey wins 6-1, Wyo 13 Wisc 16

Hvywght - Boomer (Wyo) vs Nuemyer (Wisc), Boomer wins by fall at 1:49, Wyo 19 Wisc 16

125 lbs - Bouchard (Wyo) vs Black (Wisc), Black wins 5-4, Wyo 19 Wisc 19

Final Score - Wyo 19 Wisc 19