Wyoming Grapplers Go 1-1 at Nebraska Duals

Dec. 18, 2004


The University of Wyomingwrestling team came out of the Nebraska Duals with a 1-1 record today in Lincoln, Neb. The Cowboys won their first dual against Dana College 25-18, but were shut-out later on by Nebraska 42-0. The Pokes record goes to 2-1 on the season.

In the Pokes first dual of the day they were able to dominate Dana College. Of the eight matches that were wrestled, UW would win seven. The only way the Vikings were able to manufacture points was due to UW forfeits at 141 and 174 pounds because of injury, and a lone win by Leister Bowling at 165 pounds. Bowling was able to pin UW's Gary Dack at the 3:50 mark.

Patrick Shuler got things going for the Cowboys right away at 149 pounds with a 9-3 decision over Bryan Scambler. Redshirt freshman Danny Clum would start right where Shuler left off with a win by pin against Ben Henderson.

After the Dana victory at 165 pounds and a Wyoming forfeit at 174 pounds, Wyoming would find themself trailing 12-9. The Pokes would then get a much needed win by junior Samuel Wendland at 184 pounds. Wendland's decision came in overtime against Dana's Webster Farris 10-6. Junior Malcolm Havens would follow up Wendland with a victory over Blair Alderman by major decision 15-6. This win would give the Cowboys the lead, and from here they would never look back.

The match that stood out the most in this dual was in the heavyweight division. UW's Jason Still out-fought his opponent, Ryan Tonkin, to a 3-1 decision in overtime. Wyoming's Bryce Leonhardt also came out victorious with a decision over Craig Trampe, 9-3 at 125 pounds. This win extended Leonhardt's dual win streak to 15 in a row. Junior Tyson Shatto would then end the dual with a decision over Brian Tsutsumi 7-5.

The Cowboys would find their next dual against Nebraska much more difficult. The Cornhuskers started off the dual with tenth ranked Matt Keller defeating UW's Leonhardt 12-7. Next at 133 pounds, Nebraska's Dominick Moyer would defeat Tyson Shatto by decision 8-2. Then after a UW forfeit, Patrick Shuler would give Chris Nedens of Nebraska a hand-full at 149 pounds. However, Nedens would be come out on top in the end by decision 2-0.

The 157 pound weight class brought UW's Clum to the mat against B.J. Wright. Wright won by pin over Clum at 4:40. The next three matches Nebraska would win by major decision. Jacob Klein would defeat UW's Dack 13-2 at 165 pounds. The Pokes' Wendland would fall short to Travis Pascoe 18-6 at 184 pounds, and at 197 pounds Husker B.J. Padden defeated Havens 11-3. UW's Still battled hard in the final match of the dual, only to fall short 8-2 to Mitch Manstedt.

"I was really proud of the way Jason Still wrestled," said Wyoming's wrestling coach Steven Suder. "He put out a gutsy effort in his first match to win in overtime."

"This is the best I have seen Malcolm Havens wrestle," added Suder. "He wrestled tough against a very good guy at Nebraska."

"We're so young and inexperienced now that we expect duals to be a real test. We'll see how we handle things from here. We'll get a little break and hopefully our guys will come back with a renewed desire."

The Cowboys will go home for Christmas vacation and return to competition on January 8th with the Buckeye Duals in Columbus, Ohio.