Cowboy Grapplers Edged By Nebraska

Jan. 15, 2000


The Wyoming Cowboy wrestling teamgave #7 Nebraska all it wanted Saturday in Laramie. The Pokes won fourof the ten matches, losing 25-14.

After six matches, the Huskers led 13-12, with each team winning threematches. But Nebraska would win three of the last four to hold on tothe lead before a crowd of 447.

The first Cowboy victory was at 165 pounds, where Jeremy Sell defeatedTony Denke 14-8. Sell pushed his record to 18-8 on the season. AfterSell's victory, the dual was tied up at three.

The upset of the night came at 184 pounds. Wyoming freshman DaveSchenk defeated #6 Charles McTorry 6-5. McTorry cut Schenk's lead toone point with 12 seconds left, and Schenk held on for the victory.

Wyoming gained a huge victory at heavyweight, when freshman Brad Steeledefeated Mat Zutavern by fall at :54. Steele recorded at takedown 31seconds into the match and finished Zutavern off 54 seconds into thematch, giving the Pokes six valuable team points.

Mark Hamrick was the last Cowboy to win his match, coming at 149pounds. In the last match of the night, Hamrick defeated #16 Joe Henson7-5. The match was tied with a little over a minute remaining, andHamrick pulled away for the win.

In perhaps the most exciting match of the night, Wyoming senior CoreyHamrick lost to #10 Todd Beckerman 9-7 in overtime. Hamrick came backfrom a 6-2 deficit to take a 7-6 lead win three second remaining. Butwith Beckerman earning a point because of riding time, the match endedup in a tie at seven. In the overtime, Beckerman recorded a takedown towin the match. With that, the Husker took a 20-12 lead.

"We were ready for this one," said Steven Suder, Wyoming head wrestlingcoach. "We've been making progress lately, and it showed out theretonight. We're not satisfied with this outcome, this is no consolationprize. We have some things we need to change."

 Complete dual results were:  157 - #3 Bryan Snyder (NEB) defeated Brian Wood (WYO) 15-10  165 - Jeremy Sell (WYO) defeated Tony Denke (NEB) 14-8  174 - #18 Ati Conner (NEB) defeated Steven Schenk (WYO) 11-3  184 - Dave Schenk (WYO) defeated #6 Charles McTorry (NEB) 6-6  197 - #3 Brad Vering (NEB) defeated Craig Rumsey (WYO) by fall at 2:55  HWT - Brad Steele (WYO) defeated Mat Zutavern (NEB) by fall at :54  125 - Paul Gomez (NEB) defeated Cisco Gonzales (WYO) 12-4  133 - #10 Todd Beckerman (NEB) defeated #20 Corey Hamrick (WYO) 9-7 in OT  141 - Justin Flores (NEB) defeated Kelly McConville (WYO) 9-1  149 - Mark Hamrick (WYO) defeated #16 Joe Henson (NEB) 7-5