Wyoming Wrestlers Shine at Lone Star Duals
Jan. 4, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming wrestling team won three out of four duals at the prestigious Hilton Arlington Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Tex. on Saturday improving their record to 4-3 on the season.
The Pokes dominated their first three opponents, Missouri Baptist, Stanford and Virginia, winning all three matches by a combined score of 113-22. UW fell to Brown in their last dual 19-18.
During Session One the Cowboys handled Missouri Baptist by winning nine out of ten matches and cruising to a 48-3 victory. Freshman Tyson Shatto (133 pounds), junior Blake Gunter (141 pounds), senior Thad Trujillo (149 pounds), junior Levi Prevost (174 pounds), junior Kevin Kessner (197 pounds) and senior Brad Steele (HWT) all won their matches by way of pin to lead the Cowboys. Other victorious Pokes were freshman Bryce Leonhardt (125 pounds) and junior Trevor Murray (165 pounds).
The Cowboys faced the Stanford Cardinal in their second dual of the day in Session Two. Junior Kevin Kessner recorded his second pin of the day in the 197 pound match defeating Ian Bork 1:29 in the first period. Freshman Sam Wendland (184 pounds) delivered a major decision over Larry Ozowara 19-3, and senior heavyweight Brad Steele also recorded a major decision over Shawn Ritzenthaler 11-3 to lead the Pokes. Blake Gunter, Thad Trujillo, Trevor Murray and Levi Prevost all won their second matches as well.
Virginia was the Cowboys' next opponent during Session Five. Tyson Shatto, Thad Trujillo and Levi Prevost all won their matches by major decision while Kevin Kessner recorded his third victory by pin defeating Zach Freday 2:14 in the first period. The Cowboys were aided by a forfiet by Virginia in the 184 pound match and an defalt by injury in the 141 pound match in the 32-13 victory.
The Cowboys battled Brown in their last dual of the day during Session Six.
The Pokes fought hard but only claimed three match wins and fell 19-18. In
the 133 pound match Tyson Shatto notched his third victory of the day
defeating Dan Apello 7-2. Levi Prevost got his fourth win on the day in the
174 pound match defeating Adam Santee 3-1, and Kevin Kessner dominated his
197 pound match again recording his fourth victory by pin on the day
handling Peter Mosely 1:55 in the first period.
The Pokes put up great numbers on the day as they recorded nine match wins by fall (four by Kevin Kessner) and six match wins by major decisions.
The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team will next compete at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Virg., Jan. 10-11.
Wyoming 48, Missouri Baptist 3 125 pounds- Bryce Leonhardt (UW) def. Jon Smith (MBU), 11-8 133 pounds- Tyson Shatto (UW) def. James Briggs(MBU), fall 3:22 141 pounds- Blake Gunter (UW) def. Andrew Higley(MBU), fall 3:40 149 pounds- Thad Trujillo (UW) def. Derryan Derrough (MBU), fall 1:44 157 pounds- William Riffe (MBU) def. Chad Plummer (UW), 7-3 165 pounds- Trevor Murray (UW) def. TC Brown-Epperson (MBU), 11-4 174 pounds- Levi Prevost (UW) def. Adam Stern (MBU), fall 2:14 184 pounds- Sam Wendland (UW) def. Brian Kleck (MBU), injury default 197 pounds- Kevin Kessner (UW) def. Rafael Ruiz (MBU), fall 2:27 HWT- Brad Steele (UW) def. Claude Robinson (MBU), fall :51