Seven Individuals Inducted into 12th Hall of Fame Class

Feb. 14, 2004


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Three highly decorated football players, one of the best athletes in Cowboy basketball history, an All America diver, a rodeo champion, and one of the toughest wrestlers ever to wear a Cowboy uniform comprise the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2004.

Official induction ceremonies and banquet for the Hall's 12th class is scheduled for Sept. 24. The event is slated for the evening prior to the Wyoming-Mississippi football game on Sept. 25, as part of Hall of Fame weekend.

The inductees include football All-American wide receiver Marcus Harris, standout football linemen Bill Levine and Pat Rabold; one of the greatest wrestlers in school history, Reese Andy; All-American diver Andy Welsh; rodeo national champion Jimmi Jo (Martin) Ripsam; and Cowboy basketball player Leon Clark.

A total of 79 individuals and five teams have been inducted into the Hall of Fame (located in the Rochelle Athletics Center) since its inception in 1993.

The Hall of Fame committee met in January to make its final selections for this year's class. It based its selections on five essential categories: the athlete, coach, team, athletics staff and special achievement. The athlete must have earned at least two varsity letters, and must have been out of school at least five years. The coach and any athletic staff member much have served the program for at least five years, and cannot currently be active at the University. An athletic team is considered a single inductee and special achievement includes individuals who have contributed to the ideal of sports. Eachnominee must receive at least 75 percent of the committee's votes to be eligible for induction.

Reese Andy

Hometown: Billings, Montana
Sport: Wrestling
Years: 1994-95-96

One of Wyoming's greatest wrestlers, Reese Andy was a three-time NCAA All American, only the second three-time All-American in Wyoming history (Hall of Famer Dick Ballinger, 1958-60, was the other). Wrestling at 177 pounds, he placed 2nd nationally in 1994 (defeating the top-ranked wrestler in the nation along the way), 6th in 1995 even after suffering a rib injury in the quarterfinals, and 2nd in 1996. He was a three-time Western Athletic Conference champion and was named Outstanding Wrestler in the conference three straight years (1994-95-96). He led Wyoming's wrestling team to a 22nd-place finish in 1994 and a 15th-place finish in 1996 at the NCAA Wrestling National Championships. Along with Brent Voorhees and Brandon Alderman, Andy was part of a team that featured three All-Americans in 1996, a feat which had not been accomplished at UW since 1959. In 1995, Andy was selected to wrestle in the Collegiate Wrestling All-Star Match. Andy finished his career in seventh-place on the top-ten list in all-time victories at Wyoming with 110 and seventh on the single season victory list with 38. Andy's overall record at Wyoming was 110-29, and he compiled a record of 38-4 in his senior season. A native of Billings, Montana, Andy began wrestling as a sixth-grader and was a three-time 4-A state champion at Skyview High School in Billings.

To be inducted September 24, 2004

Leon Clark

Hometown: Harvey, Ill.
Sport: Basketball
Years: 1963-64-65-66

One of Wyoming's greatest basketball players, Leon Clark was first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 1965 and 1966. After thrilling crowds at his freshmen games, in which he averaged 21 points per game and led the Poke freshmen to a best ever 11-3 record, Clark moved into the varsity starting lineup as a sophomore and quickly became a force, scoring 33 points in his first game. Playing center at an undersized 6-6, Clark led the Western Athletic Conference in rebounding in 1965 and 1966. In his senior year, he led the Cowboys in scoring with a 22.4 points per game average. He set the Fieldhouse record for rebounds in a game with 24 vs. Arizona in 1966. He finished his career as Wyoming's all-time leading rebounder and is now fourth on Wyoming's all-time career rebounds list behind Reginald Slater, Fennis Dembo, and HL Coleman. He is still Wyoming's all-time leader in career rebounding average with 11.4. He is 7th all-time in field goals made (581) and 7th in field goals attempted (1,224). He averaged a double-double for his career, with 19.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Clark was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

To be inducted September 24, 2004

Marcus Harris

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Sport: Football
Years: 1993-94-95-96

One of Wyoming's most decorated football players, Harris was a consensus All-American, being honored by the Associated Press, Football Writers of America, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, and Football News. In 1996, he won the Biletnikoff Trophy as the nation's top receiver. During his senior year, Harris became the NCAA's all-time leader in receiving yards with 4,518 career yards and became the first receiver ever to have three consecutive 1,400-yard seasons. With his 1,650 yards in 1996, Harris led the nation in receiving yards for the second time in his career and was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference for the third straight year as well as WAC co-offensive player of the year. Only Wyoming's second two-time all-American, he was named to the AFCA First Team as a junior. He was selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

To be inducted September 24, 2004

Bill Levine

Hometown: Winthrop, Mass.
Sport: Football
Years: 1961, 1963-64

A dominating two-way player, Levine was named first-team all-Skyline Conference on both offense and defense in 1961. After taking a redshirt year due to injury, Levine returned in 1963 to earn first-team all-WAC on defense, and was honored as lineman of the week. During his senior year of 1964, Levine was elected team captain, named first-team all-WAC, selected "All West" by Football Magazine and won the Humphrey Trophy as UW's outstanding player. Coach Bob Devaney was quoted as saying "Bill Levine is probably the best all-around football player I ever coached."

To be inducted September 24, 2004

Jimmi Jo (Martin) Ripsam

Hometown: Longmont, Colo.
Sport: Rodeo
Years: 1988-89-90

A standout in several rodeo events, Ripsam won the 1990 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals Team Championship for UW by herself by finishing 2nd in goat-tying, and scoring in all three rounds of breakaway roping, while earning all-around champion honors. This was the first and only time an athlete scored all of her team's points to win a national championship in rodeo. She qualified for the National finals in each of her three years at Wyoming, and graduated from UW in 1991. She went on to compete on the Pro Women's Rodeo Association circuit from 1991-96, earning numerous championships.

To be inducted September 24, 2004

Pat Rabold

Hometown: Glencoe, Ill.
Sport: Football
Years: 1984, 1986-87-88

A four-year letterwinner and one of Wyoming's greatest defensive tackles, Rabold had 23 tackles as a freshman defensive tackle in 1984, sat out the 1985 season after undergoing a spinal fusion, and moved to the offensive line in 1986. He was moved back to defensive tackle in 1987 and responded with an outstanding year, tallying 100 total tackles, 14 quarterback sacks, four tackles for lost yardage, nine quarterback hurries, and forced two fumbles while earning second-team all-conference honors. He had seven tackles and two sacks in the 1987 Holiday Bowl. He followed that up with an even more dominant senior year. In 1988, he started all 13 games for the Cowboys, compiling 85 total tackles, 16 sacks, two tackles for lost yards, two forced fumbles, and 18 quarterback hurries. For his efforts, he earned AP All-America honors and was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference. A team captain as a senior, he had 11 tackles, including three for lost yards, in the 1988 Holiday Bowl. The Cowboys were 21-3 during his junior and senior years, never losing a conference game and winning back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

To be inducted September 24, 2004

Andy Welsh

Hometown: Troy, Mich.
Sport: Diving
Years: 1981-85

Still holds all of Wyoming's diving records, with the exception of platform events, which were not contested when he competed. A dominant diver, he won three WAC championships from 1983-85. In 1983, he placed 22nd in the three-meter springboard event as a sophomore at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. During his junior year, he won all-America honors by placing 10th on the 3-meter springboard and 23rd on the one-meter springboard. He single-handedly led UW to a 29th place finish at the 1984 NCAA championships. An injury suffered at the 1985 WAC Championships prevented him from competing in the 1985 NCAA Diving Championships. He also served as Wyoming's diving coach from 1985-1987 and coached three divers to the NCAA championships.

To be inducted September 24, 2004