Wyoming Wrestlers Earn Victory Over Fresno State 20-16

Dec. 14, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Cowboywrestling team picked up its first dual win of the season with a 20-16victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday night at the MultipurposeGym in Laramie.

The Pokes won six of the ten matches on the night to clinch their firstvictory of the year. After UW lost their first two matches Cowboy juniorLevi Prevost got the Pokes on the scoreboard first with a 10-2 majordecision over Eddie Gifford of the Bulldogs to make the score 6-4 in favorof Fresno State. Prevost, currently ranked 12 in the nation according toIntermat Wrestling, now boasts a 16-3 record on the season.

In the 184 pound weight match Wyoming freshman Sam Wendland scored 14points on Fresno's Jatinder Singh to earn the decision, Wendland recordedthree takedowns in the match. After Wendland's match UW would win the nextfour matches. Junior Kevin Kessner upset the 19th ranked Marcio Botelho ofFresno in the 197 pound match 9-1 to earn a major decision and gave Wyomingthe first lead of the night 11-0. The Pokes wouldn't look back as Cowboysenior heavyweight Brad Steele, currently ranked 20th in the nation,recorded a takedown in the first period and another in the second to earn a6-2 victory over Clint Walbeck of Fresno to extend the Pokes team lead to14-10.

In the 125 pound match UW freshman Bryce Leonhardt scored two nearfall's inthe third period to clinch a 7-4 victory over Jordon Keckler and add to thelead making the score 17-10. In the last match of the night Cowboy freshmanTyson Shatto fought back from a 4-1 deficit and scored two takedowns and anearfall to win the 133 pound match against Joey Guiler 10-6 and push the UWlead to 20-10. The Pokes would forfeit the 141 pound match to make the finalscore 20-16.

"A win over Fresno State is a big win no matter what," said UW headwrestling coach Steven Suder after the dual Saturday night. "There were alot of things about the dual we were not satisfied with but I'm reallyimpressed by what some of the things our young guys did tonight."

"A lot of the things that happened out on the mat tonight is what I wouldsay is a reflection of what I have been really excited about so far thisseason. The hard work that has been going on in practice is showing out onthe mat, especially tonight."

The Pokes are off until Jan. when they travel to two dual tournaments; Jan.4th at the Lone Star Duals in Dallas, Tex. and Jan. 10 at the Virginia Dualsin Hampton, Virg.

University of Wyoming CowboysVs.Fresno State BulldogsDecember 14, 2002, Laramie, WY, Multipurpose Gym

149 Pounds Casey Olson (FSU) vs. Thad Trujillo (UW)First Period- takedown Olson 1:43, 2-0...escape Trujillo 1:30,2-1...Second Period- escape Trujillo 1:20, 2-2...Third Period-escapeOlson :24, 3-2...takedown Olson :02, 5-2Olson Wins 5-3FSU 3, UW 0

157 Pounds- Jim Medeiros (FSU) vs. Andrew Shuler (UW)First Period- ...Second Period-escape Medeiros 1:41, 1-0...stallingwarning for both wrestlers 1:00...one point each wrestler forstalling :12, 2-1...Third Period-escape Shuler 1:54, 2-2...takedownShuler 1:26, 4-2...escape Medeiros 1:02, 4-3...stalling on Shuler:41, 4-4...Suden Victory Overtime-takedown Medeiros :08, 6-4Medeiros wins 6-4,FSU 6, UW 0

165 Pounds- Ben Baca (FSU) vs. Levi Prevost (UW)First Period- takedown Prevost :58, 2-0...escape Baca :22,2-1...takedown Prevost :05, 4-1...Second Period-escape Baca 1:20,4-2...takedown Prevost :44, 6-2...warning stalling Baca :03...ThirdPeriod- escape Prevost 1:46, 7-2...takedown Prevost :34, 9-2...ridingtime 10-2Prevost wins 10-2-Major DecisionFSU 6, UW 4

174 Pounds- Eddie Gifford (FSU) vs. Justin Salas (UW)First Period-Gifford takedown 2:30, 2-0...escape Salas 2:20,2-1...takedown Gifford :13, 4-1...nearfall Gifford :03, 6-1...SecondPeriod- escape Gifford 1:41, 7-1...takedown Gifford :56, 9-1...nearfallGifford :22, 12-1...Third Period- reversal Salas 1:56, 12-3...escapeGifford 1:50, 13-3...takedown Gifford :09, 15-3...Gifford wins 15-3-Major Decision

184 Pounds- Jatinder Singh (FSU) vs. Sam Wendland (UW)First Period-takedown Singh 2:13, 2-0...escape Wendland 2:00,2-1...takedown Singh :46, 4-1...escape Wendland :27, 4-2...SecondPeriod-escape Singh 1:30, 5-2...takedown Singh :42, 7-2...escapeWendland :29, 7-3...takedown Wendland :02, 7-5...Third Period-escapeWendland 1:57, 7-6...takedown Wendland 1:36, 8-7...escape Singh 1:20,8-8...takedown Wendland 1:00, 10-8,...stalling Singh :36, 11-8...nearfallWendland :06, 13-8...riding time Wendland, 14-8Wendland wins 14-8FSU 10, UW 7

197 Pounds- Marcio Botelho (FSU) vs. Kevin Kessner (UW)First Period- ...Second Period- nearfall Kessner 1:45, 3-0...ThirdPeriod-escape Kessner 1:56, 4-0...takedown Kessner :56, 6-0...escapeBotelho :46, 6-1...takedown Kessner :22, 8-1...rinding time Kessner, 9-1Kessner wins 9-1, Major DecisionUW 11, FSU 10

HWT - Clint Walbeck (FSU) vs. Brad Steele (UW)First Period-takedown Steele :15, 2-0...escape Walbeck :04, 2-1...SecondPeriod- escape Steele 1:46, 3-1...Third Period- escape Walbeck 1:19,3-2...takedown Steele :56, 5-2...riding time Steele, 6-2Steele wins 6-2UW 14, FSU 10

125 Pounds- Jordon Keckler (FSU) vs. Bryce Leonhardt (UW)First Period-takedown Leonhardt 1:55, 2-0...escape Keckler 1:53,2-1...Second Period- escape Leonhardt :21, 3-1...Third Period- technicalviolation Leonhardt 1:17, 3-2...nearfall Leonhardt :50, 5-2...nearfallLeonhardt :45, 7-2...reversal Keckler :03, 7-4Leonhardt wins 7-4UW 17, FSU 10

133 Pounds- Joey Guiler (FSU) vs. Tyson Shatto (UW)First Period- takedown Guiler 2:19, 2-0...escape Shatto 1:41,2-1...takedown Guiler 1:15, 4-1...escape Shatto 1:03, 4-2...takedown Shatto:57, 4-4...escape Guiler :20, 5-4...Second Period-escape Guiler 1:46,6-4...takedown Shatto 1:21, 6-6...nearfall Shatto :57, 8-6...ThirdPeriod-escape 1:56, 9-6...warning stalling Shatto :38...riding timeShatto, 10-6Shatto wins 10-6UW 20, FSU 10

141 Pounds- Ricky Palomino (FSU) vs. Blake Gunter (UW)UW forfeit

FinalUW 20, FSU 16