Wrestlers Close Out Busy Weekend in Oregon

January 25, 1999


The University of Wyoming wrestling team dualed with Oregon State Sunday, January 24, in Corvallis and came out on the short end 33-5. This comes just one day after Wyoming had three individual champions at the Oregon Classic, hosted by Portland State University.

Against the Beavers, the Pokes were only able to win one match. Freshman Kelly McConville won his match at 141-pounds by technical fall at 5:27, 15-0. But that was it for the Cowboys, as they lost the nine remaining matches to the #17 Beavers.

Oregon State had five ranked wrestlers in action, including Oscar Wood at 149-pounds, ranked #1. The only ranked wrestler for Wyoming, #20 Abe Boomer, lost his heavyweight match to #7 Matt Orndorff by fall at 0:23.

With the loss, Wyomings dual record fell to 4-4-1 overall. The Pokes are 1-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, after an earlier victory over New Mexico. Oregon States dual record went to 11-5, 3-1 in the Pacific-10.

On Saturday, Wyoming was very successful at the Oregon Classic. UW wrestlers won three individual championships in the open, non-scoring tournament. Chris Walker (133), Brandon Dansie (174) and Steve Schenk (184) all took home championships. Walker went 3-0 while Dansie and Schenk both went 4-0.

The Cowboys also had two third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish. Craig Rumsey (197) and Abe Boomer (HWT) each took third and Jeremy Sell (174) placed fourth.

The next action for Wyoming will be on Jan. 29, against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils are currently ranked #8 in the country.