Wyoming Grapplers Rally For 22-19 Win Over Northern Colorado
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado closed its second season of its return to Division I wrestling on Thursday night with a 22-19 loss to the University of Wyoming at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
Northern Colorado fell to 6-7 on the season and failed to give head coach Jack Maughan his 8th winning dual season for the Bears. Wyoming improved to 7-9 on the year with the win.
Wyoming's Tyson Shatto started the evening off with a 3-1 decision over the Bears' Kyle Kaiser at 133 pounds. Shatto scored a takedown with only 28 seconds left in the match to secure the victory.
Northern Colorado bounced right back at 141 pounds when freshman sensation Kenny Hashimoto scored a workman-like 9-2 decision over The Cowboys' Garrett Desmond.
The Cowboys' Kenny Dye then notched a 5-2 win over the Bears' Nathan Gerrard at 149 pounds. Dye scored all five points in the final period after Gerrard had taken a 1-0 advantage into the final stanza.
The Bears' Mikell Surber then gave the 544 strong in attendance something to cheer about as he put on a near-pinning show with his 15-5 major decision. Three times in the match it appeared Surber had Wyoming's Dan Clum dead to rights, but Clum battled and staved off the pin. Surber's win gave the Bears a 7-6 lead after four matches.
Wyoming's Gary Dack put the Cowboys back on top with a pin of UNC's Johnny White at 165 pounds. Dack's fall came at the 3:18 mark of the match and gave Wyoming a 13-12 lead.
Northern Colorado's Shawn Hart gave the home crowd more to cheer about when he stuck the Cowboys' Clint Stout in the first period at 174 pounds. Hart's pin came at the 1:39 mark of their match. Hart's pin gave the Bears a 13-12 lead in the dual.
Wyoming's Samuel Wendland tallied a major decision victory at 184 pounds over the Bears' Cole Allisoin to give the Cowboys a 16-12 lead. Junior Tanner Linsacum was then awarded a forfeit victory at 197 pounds to pull Northern Colorado back in front, 19-16.
Wyoming's Bryce Leonhart and Northern Colorado's Blayze Bahe then fought it out at 125 pounds to decide the dual. Leonhart came out on top with a 7-3 win, which gave the Cowboys the dual win at 22-19.