Cowboy Wrestlers Fall to #13 Ranked Boise State, 20-12

<b>At 165 pounds, junior Levi Prevost defeated Boise State's Nathan Ploehn, 7-2.</b><br>

At 165 pounds, junior Levi Prevost defeated Boise State's Nathan Ploehn, 7-2.

Nov. 15, 2002


In their first home dual of the season the University of Wyoming wrestling team lost to the 13th ranked Boise State Broncos 20-12 Friday night at the Multipurpose Gym in Laramie. The Broncos picked up victories in six of the ten matches with two being major decisions.

Senior heavyweight Brad Steele gave the Cowboys an early 3-0 lead after defeating Boise State's Jacob McGinnis 8-2. Steele scored early with a takedown and a nearfall in the first period.

The Broncos tied the score in the second match of the night when Ben VomBaur, ranked #3 in the nation at 125 pounds, defeated freshman Bryce Leonhardt. Leonhardt, in his first match of his college career, kept the match close and took the match to a 6-1 score. Boise State took the lead for good in the next match at 133 pounds when Jesse Brock beat freshman Tyson Shatto 9-4. The Broncos would win the next two matches in the 141 and 149 pound weight classes; Gabe Vigil defeating junior Blake Gunter and Collin Robertson defeating senior Thad Trujillo, making the score 14-3 in favor of the Broncos .

Cowboy junior Andrew Shuler cut the Boise State lead to 14-6 with an exciting win in the 157 pound weight class. With the score tied, Shuler recorded his third takedown of the match with five seconds remaining in the third period to clinch a 6-4 victory over Russell Brunson. At 165 pounds junior Levi Prevost handled Bronco Nathan Ploehn 7-2, cutting the Boise State lead to 14-9. The Broncos would respond by winning the next two matches. Cowboy sophomore Justin Salas fell to Pat Owens 7-3 in the 174 pound match, and freshman Sam Wendland battled Boise State's Tony D'Amico, ranked #17 in the nation at 184 pounds, to the very end as D'Amico scored the winning points on a takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the match to pull out a 6-4 win and increase the Bronco lead 20-9 over the Cowboys.

UW would win the final match of the night in the 197 pound weight class as Cowboy junior Kevin Kessner edged Casey Phelps 3-2. Kessner's win came too late and the Broncos prevailed 20-12.



"I think we won the matches we thought we were supposed to, but the positive thing is that everybody else battled really hard," said Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder following the dual. "Bryce Leonhardt, Sam Wendland and Tyson Shatto all wrestled in their first matches of their college career and fought hard against some very good competition. I think there is light at the end of the tunnel, we just got beat by a better team, a better team than we are right now."

The Cowboys are back in action on Sunday, Nov. 17, when they host the 30th Annual Cowboy Open at the War Memorial Fieldhouse, matches start at 10 a.m.

#13 Boise State University Broncos
vs. University of Wyoming Cowboys
November 15, 2002
MultiPurpose Gym, Laramie, Wyo.

Heavyweight- Jacob McGinnis (BSU) vs. Brad Steele (UW) First Period- takedown Steele :41, 3-0...nearfall Steele 1:00, 5-0...warning stalling McGinnis 1:34...Second Period- warning stalling Steele 5:00...Third Period- takedown McGinnis 5:58, 5-2...escape Stelle 6:04, 6-2...takedown Steele 8-2, 6:40. Steele wins 8-2 UW 3, BSU 0

125 Pounds- Ben VomBaur (BSU) vs. Bryce Leonhardt (UW) First Period- takedown VomBaur 2:22, 2-0...escape Leonhardt 2:42, 2-1...Second Period- caution false start VomBaur 3:00...caution false start VomBaur 3:15...escape VomBaur 4:02, 3-1...takedown VomBaur 4:23, 5-1...Third Period- riding time VomBaur, 6-1 VomBaur wins 6-1 UW 3, BSU 3

133 Pounds- Jesse Brock (BSU) vs. Tyson Shatto (UW) First Period- warning stalling Brock 2:47...Second Period- escape Brock 3:11, 1-0...takedown Brock 4:14, 3-0...escape Shatto 4:25, 3-1...takedown Brock 4:44, 5-1...Third Period- escape Shatto 5:04, 5-2...takedown Brock 5:38, 7-2...escape Shatto 5:45, 7-3...takedown Brock 6:20, 9-3... escape Shatto 6:39, 9-4 Brock wins 9-4 BSU 6, UW 3

141 Pounds- Gabe Vigil (BSU) vs. Blake Gunter (UW) First Period- takedown Vigil :38, 2-0...escape Gunter 1:02, 2-1...takedown Vigil 2:37, 4-1...escape Gunter 2:49, 4-2...Second Period- takedown Vigil 3:26, 6-2...escape Gunter 3:53, 6-3...takedown Vigil 4:07, 8-3...escape Gunter 4:27, 8-4...takedown Vigil 4:59, 10-4...Third Period- reversal Virgil 5:19, 12-4...reversal Gunter 5:43, 12-6...escape Vigil 5:49, 13-6...takedown Vigil 6:47, 15-6...riding time Vigil Vigil wins 16-6, major decision BSU 10, UW 3

149 Pounds- Collin Robertson (BSU) vs. Thad Trujillo (UW) First Period- takedown Robertson 2:29, 2-0...Second Period- escape Trujillo 4:11, 2-1...takedown Robertson 4:15, 4-1...escape Trujillo 4:29, 4-2...takedown Vigil 4:35, 6-2...escape Trujillo 4:44, 6-3...takedown Robertson 4:45, 8-3...Third Period- takedown Robertson 5:42, 10-3...nearfall Robertson 6:40, 13-3...riding time Robertson, 14-3 Robertson wins 14-3, major decision BSU 14, UW 3

157 Pounds- Russell Brunson (BSU) vs. Andrew Shuler (UW) First Period- takedown Shuler 1:09, 2-0...escape Brunson 1:37, 2-1...takedown Shuler 2:33, 4-1 Second Period- escape Brunson 3:06, 4-2...takedown Brunson 4:12, 4-4...warning stalling Shuler 4:56...Third Period- takedown Shuler 6:55, 6-4... Shuler wins 6-4 BSU 14, UW 6

165 Pounds- Nathan Ploehn (BSU) vs. Levi Prevost (UW) First Period- takedown Prevost 2:56, 2-0...Second Period- escape Prevost 3:27, 3-0...Third Period- escape Ploehn 5:32, 3-1...takedown Prevost 5:55, 5-1...escape Ploehn 6:12, 5-2...takedown Prevost 6:53, 7-2... Prevost wins 7-2 BSU 14, UW 9

174 Pounds- Pat Owens (BSU) vs. Justin Salas (UW) First Period- takedown Owens 2:57, 2-0...Second Period- escape Salas 3:04, 2-1...takedown Owens 3:50, 4-1...escape Salas 4:33, 4-2...Third Period- escape Owens 5:02, 5-2...takedown Owens 6:27, 7-2...escape Salas...escape Salas 6:39, 7-3 Owens wins 7-3 BSU 17, UW 9

184 Pounds- Tony D'Amico (BSU) vs. Sam Wendland (UW) First Period- no scoring Second Period- escape Wendland 3:05, 1-0...takedown Wendland 3:17, 3-0...penalty point-locked hands D'Amico 3:37, 4-0...escape D'Amico 3:47, 4-1...Third Period- escape D'Amico 5:31, 4-2...takedown D'Amico 6:11, 4-4...escape Wendland 6:21, 5-4....takedown D'Amico 6:43, 6-5... D'Amico wins 6-5 BSU 20, UW 9

197 Pounds- Casey Phelps (BSU) vs. Kevin Kessner (UW) First Period- takedown Kessner :37, 2-0...escape Phelps 1:07, 2-1...Second Period- escape Phelps 3:38, 2-2...warning stalling Phelps 4:08...Third Period- stalling warning Kessner 6:17...riding time Kessner, 3-2 Kessner wins 3-2 BSU 20, UW 12

Final Score Boise State 20 Wyoming 12

Attendance - 460

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