UW Grapplers Narrowly Lose to BYU, 18-16

February 25, 1999


The UW wrestling team competed in their final dual of the year on Wednesday, February 24, at home against the BYU Cougars. The Cougars won six of ten weight classes and won the dual by the narrow margin of 18-16.

Wyoming got wins from Matt Winninger (157), Jeremy Sell (174), Craig Rumsey (197) and Kelly McConville (141).

The match began at 149 pounds and BYU jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but UW would win three of the next five matchups for a 13-9 lead following Craig Rumsey's pin. BYU then won three of the remaining four matches for the dual victory.

Shay Wyman, Brian Wood, Steve Schenk, Abe Boomer, Chris Bouchard and Chris Walker also wrestled for Wyoming but lost their matches. Three of those losses were by two points.

The Cowboys finish the season 6-7-1 in duals. Their next action will be March 6 at the Western Athletic Conference Championships is Colorado Springs, Colo.

The following are quotes from University of Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder after the Cowboys 18-16 loss to Brigham Young in Laramie.

"We weren't expecting a pin by Rumsey, which was a great effort, and we weren't expecting a major decision by Winninger, which was great as well. But we still needed one more.

"I know how we have been training the last three weeks. And I was real proud of how we competed tonight. I forsee a couple of these matchups turning around.

"We identified of couple of little things that we need to stop, and some that we need to start. I'm excited about it.

"It comes down to tricks, starting some stuff and stopping others.

"I dont think they've been training like we have. I think that was as good as they get, and I don't think that is as good as we get.

"We have two hard days left. Then we start resting for the championships. And we polish up some little things here at the end.

"I dont think the score was indicative of the feeling I got from this match. But we'll see."