Cowboy Wrestlers Finish Third At Jack Hancock Invitational

Jan. 27, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyomingwrestling team placed third at the Jack Hancock Invitational Saturday inGolden, Colo. The tournament was hosted by the Colorado School ofMines.

Wyoming was led by Steven Schenk and Kelly McConville, who each placedsecond in their weight class. Schenk went 2-1 in the 174 pound weightclass, losing to Terry Parham of Air Force in the title match 8-5. Onhis way to the championship match Schenk defeated Ryan Swanson of theColorado School of Mines by fall at 1:40 and also beat Mike Barger ofOklahoma 6-3. McConville went 2-1 at 133 pounds, continuing a hotstreak as of late.

The Cowboys had four third-place finishes. Mark Hamrick (149), JustinChristenson (165), Craig Rumsey (197) and Brad Steele (HWT) all won theconsolation championship in their respective weight classes. Hamrickand Christenson went 3-1 on the day while Steele was 2-1 and Rumseyfinished 1-1.

Kevin Kessner placed fourth at 184 pounds by going 2-2. Paul Turcoalso finished fourth for UW, going 2-2 at 141 pounds.

"We wrestled pretty well against some solid competition," said Wyominghead coach Steven Suder. "We showed that we are improving as the seasonprogresses. We still have a lot of work to do before the end of theseason but I was encouraged by the results."

Oklahoma won the team competition with 138.5 team points. Air Forcefinished second with 128 points and the Cowboys were third with 66points. Oklahoma's Jared Frayer was named the tournament's OutstandingWrestler by winning the 149 pound championship.

 Complete individual results:

125 pounds Reynold Candelaria 1-2 John Faczak 1-2 133 pounds Kelly McConville 2-1 2nd 141 pounds Paul Turco 2-2 4th 149 pounds Mark Hamrick 3-1 3rd 157 pounds Levi Prevost 2-2 Jason Waneka 0-2 165 pounds Justin Christenson 3-1 3rd 174 pounds Steven Schenk 2-1 2nd 184 pounds Kevin Kessner 2-2 4th 197 pounds Craig Rumsey 1-1 3rd Heavyweight Brad Steele 2-1 3rd

The next action for Wyoming is Feb. 3 against Southern Colorado inPueblo, Colo.