Jan. 26, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Seven straight wins to end thematch gave the University of Wyoming wrestling team a convincing 32-6dual win over Cal State Fullerton Friday night in Laramie.
The Cowboys were tied with the Titans at six after Kelly McConville's3-2 win over David Rodriguez. It was all Wyoming after that, as thePokes dominated the six remaining matches in coasting to victory.
Wyoming had two major decisions and two pins in the dual. Junior MarkHamrick won his 149 pound match 16-6 over Joshua Spencer to give Wyominga 13-6 lead. The major decision was Hamrick's 15th victory of theseason. In the next match at 157 pounds, UW freshman Levi Prevostscored big in a 27-14 win over Daniel Hernandez. Prevost was tied withHernandez at 11, but pulled away to extend the Cowboy lead to 17-6.
Senior Steven Schenk and freshman Kevin Kessner ended the match instyle as each won their match by fall. Schenk pinned Shawn Henebry at4:17 and Kessner finished off Josh Ready at 4:45. Schenk has beennationally ranked throughout the season and looked impressive whileKessner, a Rock Springs native, notched his 12th win of the season.
Craig Rumsey, ranked #19 at 197 pounds, lost his match to #20 BabakNejadmaghaddam 8-6 to start the dual. The match was tied with a littleover a minute remaining, but Nejadmaghaddam scored an escape and atakedown for the win. Heavyweight Brad Steele got the first win of thenight for Wyoming with an 8-3 decision over Chad Troxler.
"Our guys came out and wrestled pretty well," said Wyoming head coachSteven Suder. "We came out and wrestled hard. I thought we wereaggressive, and that's something we need to be. We were scoring from avariety of positions and finished them off when we were in position to.
"Paul Turco had a solid match, we didn't know until 45 minutes beforethe dual that he would be wrestling," said Suder. "He performed wellunder the conditions. It was a good match for us, and now we can buildon it and improve."
Wyoming returns to action on Saturday at the Colorado School of MinesOpen in Golden, Colo. The next home dual for the Cowboys is Feb. 16against Fresno State.