Broncos Bust Cowboys, 24-11
Feb. 13, 2004
BOISE, Idaho - The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team had its five dual win streak come to an end Friday night in Boise, Idaho as the Boise State Broncos defeated the Pokes 24-11. The Broncos won three of the final four matches to secure their seventh victory of the season. With the loss, Wyoming is now 7-4 on the year.
The Cowboys were without three of their starters on Friday. Sophomore Bryce Leonhardt at 125 pounds, senior Blake Gunter at 141 pounds and sophomore Patrick Shuler at 149 pounds were all out nursing injuries. The Pokes were forced to forfeit the 141 and 149 pound matches and started the dual behind 12-0.
Wyoming would get on the board in the third match of the night as senior Andrew Shuler, ranked 16th in nation, improved his overall record to 22-5 with a 4-2 victory over Ben Cherrington of Boise State. Shuler has now won nine of his last ten matches.
Senior Levi Prevost, who has been out for over a month with an injury, returned to the lineup for the Pokes on Friday night. However, his return did not turn out the way he wanted. Prevost suffered his fourth loss of the season as Russell Brunson of BSU took the 165 pound match by a 10-8 decision to make the score 15-3 in favor of the Broncos.
Wyoming would pick up match wins in the 174 and 184 pound bouts. Senior Trevor Murray defeated Jonathan Carisle of Boise State by a 6-4 decision while sophomore Sam Wendland edged out Casey Phelps 3-1 to cut the Bronco lead to 15-9.
The most anticipated match of the night was the 197 bout as 12th ranked K.C. Walsh of Boise State and 16th-ranked Kevin Kessner of Wyoming battled it out for national exposure. Going into the final period Kessner and Walsh were tied at 2-2, Walsh recorded the period's only takedown with 1:00 remaining which proved to be the deciding factor. Walsh took the match by a 5-3 decision.
Wyoming would win just one of the final three bouts. Heavyweight
Dusty Hoffschneider, ranked 16th in the nation, won in dramatic
fashion over Jacob McGinnis. With under one minute remaining in the
final frame Hoffschneider scored an escape point to take the lead and
then the match 5-4. Hoffschneider is now 7-3 on the season.
The Broncos were able to put the dual away with wins in the final two weight classes. Clint Wofley won the first of those two matches with a 10-8 decision over UW's Barrett Duell at 125 pounds, before Scott Jorgensen ended the night's action with a 14-2 major decision over Cowboy Tyson Shatto.
Wyoming will be back on the mat Sunday, Feb. 15th, when they host Cal-State Fullerton in Laramie. The dual is set for a 1 p.m. start in the MultiPurpose Gym.