Feb. 16, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming wrestling team will close out their regular season when they face the Air Force Falcons in the UniWyo Sports Complex, on Friday night. The first match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Air Force possesses a 2-5 record so far this season heading into Friday night. The Falcons are coming off of a loss last weekend to the Cal-St. Fullerton Titans, 25-12. In addition to the Titans, who UW recently defeated, the other three opponents that the Falcons share in common with the Pokes are Portland State, and both North and South Dakota State. The Falcons managed to beat Portland State, but fell to both the Dakota schools on the same weekend. Last year the Pokes pulled out a tough victory over the Falcons in Colorado Springs, 25-24.
The Pokes, 7-7 overall, are coming off a victory over Nothern Colorado on Tuesday night, 25-19. Not only will this be the last home dual of the season, but will also mark as the last time four seniors will take the mat in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Those seniors are Bryce Leonhardt, Tyson Shatto, Malcolm Havens, and Dusty Hoffschneider.
"It's hard to put into words what these four guys have meant to us coaches and the Cowboy wrestling program," said head coach Steven Suder. "I am so proud of the way they represented Cowboy Wrestling and the coaches and the University of Wyoming would like to thank them for that."
Coach Suder went on to mention how appreciative he and his staff are to the parents of these four seniors for all their support and for giving their children the opportunity to come to the University of Wyoming.
Following is a look at each Cowboy senior:
#125 Pounds- Bryce Leonhardt
Bryce, a Casper, Wyo. native, has been a four year starter at 125 pounds. Leonhardt has posted an overall record of 66-38 to this date. Highlights during his career included a 15-match win streak in his sophomore season. During that win streak, Bryce picked up one of the biggest victories in Cowboy Wrestling history. On January 17, 2004, he defeated the #1 ranked and eventual national champion, in Jason Powell of Nebraska, 3-1. In 2003, he earned the Freshman of the Year Award and also earned the High Point Man Award in 2003 and 2004.
Bryce also excelled in the classroom by earning Academic All-Conference twice in his career. In addition, he also was selected as a Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete in 2003 and 2005. Also in 2005, he was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team.
Bryce has already completed his first degree in Secondary Math Education and is currently pursuing his second degree in Math, which he will complete in the summer of 2006.
133 Pounds- Tyson Shatto
Tyson, of Douglas, Wyo., has been the mainstay at 133 pounds for the past four years for the Cowboys. A four-time letter winner, he has been a major contributor to the success of Cowboy Wrestling over the past five years by being the second half of the one-two punch at a 125 and 133 pounds. He has posted a record of 55-45 during his career as a Cowboy with ten major decisions. In 2005, Tyson managed his best season to date when he finished third at the West Regional. He also placed his freshman and sophomore campaigns at regionals when he finished fourth.
Tyson will graduate this spring with a degree in Physical Education-Teaching.
197 Pounds- Malcolm Havens
Malcolm, from Parker, Colo., has collected 46 wins to this date as a three-year starter and a four time letter-winner for the Pokes. One of Havens' career highlights came this past fall when he won the 2005 Cowboy Open at 197 pounds.
Malcolm jumped right into the lineup as a true freshman, finishing the year with a third place finish at the NCAA West Regional.
Malcolm was a Cowboy who did everything he was asked to do when it came to wrestling. He worked hard in the practice room and in the weight room, where he is one of the strongest guys on the team. His hard work and tough attitude became evident when it came to performing on the mat.
Malcolm will graduate in the fall of 2007 with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.
HWT- Dusty Hoffschneider
Dusty, a Littleton, Colo. native, has had a very successful career as a Cowboy wrestler. In his three years as a starter at heavyweight he has posted a record of 30-11, with ten of those victories coming by fall. The past two seasons he has earned himself a trip to the NCAA National Tournament. In 2004, he won the NCAA West Regional Championship in the heavyweight division. According to Intermat, Dusty has been ranked as high as the #11 heavyweight wrestler in the nation during his career. In 2005, he was voted by his coaches the "Cowboy Up" Award, that is given to the wrestler that most exemplifies the spirit and attitude of a Cowboy wrestler.
Dusty will graduate with a degree in Sociology in the Fall of 2006.