Cowboy Grapplers Pull Out Tough Win Against Falcons
Feb. 23, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
An early 12-0 lead proved to be enough for the Wyoming wrestling team as they beat the Air Force Falcons on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs Colo., 25-24. The Pokes grabbed six of the nine matches to improve their overall record to 5-9.
The dual could not have started any better for the Pokes thanks to two pins by redshirt freshmen Kyle Dye at 149 pounds and Danny Clum at 157 pounds. Dye would get his 12th win of the season as he pinned Falcon Josh Peterson at the 4:30 mark, while Clum earned his eighth pin of the year over Anthony Dorward in 1:41. This victory would improve Clum's record to 19-10.
Air Force then tied the match with two pins of their own. Falcon's Beau Tresemer grabbed a pin at the 3:57 mark over UW's Gary Dack in the 165 pound bout. Wyoming's Clint Stout had a rough night as he then was pinned in the 174 pound match in :58.
Junior Sam Wendland then shifted the momentum back to the Pokes as he earned his ninth win in a row and improved his record to 15-7. He did this by defeating Luke Lafever in a 9-3 decision to put Cowboys back on top 15-12. After a Wyoming forfeit at 197 pounds, junior Dusty Hoffschneider put himself back in the winners circle as he pulled out a grueling victory over Trey McLean 3-0. This victory tied the score again at 18 a piece.
However the match would not be tied for long as UW's Bryce Leonhardt defeated his opponent Zachary Valdez in a 14-5 major decision at 125 pounds. Leonhardt did this by dominating in the third period with four takedowns and giving himself his third major decision of the year. Cowboy 133 pounder Tyson Shatto got his victory in thrilling fashion as he scored a takedown with seven seconds left to go along with riding time to beat Matt Benza 5-2. This Shatto victory would seal the win for the Pokes and bring the score to 25-18.
Air Force's Matt Crippes then pinned UW's Garrett Desmond at the 5:57 mark, but would prove to be not enough as the Cowboys won by a final of 25-24.
"It was a crazy match and we expected it to be," said Wyoming head coach Steven Suder. "We tried to prepare the guys for it and tried to explain how important getting that extra point was and how important not giving up that extra point was.
"Bryce went out and we were challenging him the whole time. We wanted him to get the extra point he couldn't get last week. He got a major decision and that was the point that we won by. We fought hard with what we got out there and now we looked good doing it.
The Pokes will now travel to Greeley, Colo. as they will take on Northern Colorado Thursday night. This will be their final regular season dual before they travel to Fresno, Calif. on March 5th for the NCAA West Regional.
Wyoming 25, Air Force 24