Wyoming Wrestlers Defeat Eastern Illinois 21-15

Jan. 14, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyomingwrestling team defeated Eastern Illinois on the road Sunday 21-15. TheCowboys earned points in five of the ten weight classes and were helpedout by a pin and a forfeit.

Senior Craig Rumsey moved his record to 12-7 on the year with a fallover Ross Bracey at 5:46. Eastern Illinois was ahead in the dual 15-12heading into Rumsey's match and with his pin the Pokes took an 18-15lead, a lead they would never give up. Rumsey has been impressive inthe month of January as his win against Bracey gives him a 4-0 recordfor the month.

In the final individual match of the dual sophomore heavyweight BradSteele defeated B.J. Bertelsman 9-3 to seal the victory. With the win,Wyoming moved its dual record to 3-3 on the season.

Wheatland, Wyo., native Mark Hamrick also moved his record to 12-7 withan 8-4 win over Joe Gassen. Hamrick's win in the 149 pound class gaveWyoming a 12-3 lead after four matches.

At 141 pounds Cowboy sophomore Thad Trujillo defeated Shawn Slenozka7-2. Trujillo notched his fifth win of the season with the victory.The dual started at 125 pounds where Wyoming received six team points asEastern Illinois was open and had to forfeit the match to UW's JohnFaczak.

 Individual match results:

125 Pounds John Faczak (UW)won by forfeit 133 Pounds Mike Stanley (EIU)defeated Kelly McConville (UW) 7-4 141 Pounds Thad Trujillo (UW)defeated Shawn Slenozka (EIU) 7-2 149 Pounds Mark Hamrick (UW)defeated Joe Gassen (EIU) 8-4 157 Pounds Frank DeFilippis (EIU)defeated Chad Plummer (UW) 9-6 165 Pounds Mike Kelly (EIU)defeated Justin Christenson (UW) 4-2 174 Pounds Louis Taylor (EIU)defeated Steven Schenk (UW) 12-11 184 Pounds Kyle Bracey (EIU)defeated Kevin Kessner (UW) 7-3 197 Pounds Craig Rumsey (UW)defeated Ross Bracey (EIU) Fall at 5:46 Heavyweight Brad Steele (UW)defeated B.J. Bertelsman (EIU) 9-3

The dual was held at Lantz Gymnasium in Charleston, Ill., before acrowd of 464. With the loss Eastern Illinois has a dual record of 1-4.The Panthers will be one of six teams competing in the West Regional inLaramie on March 3.

The next action for the Pokes will come Jan. 20 when they dual NorthernIowa and Marquette in Cedar Falls, Iowa.