Wyoming's Downing, Wendland Capture West Region Titles

March 3, 2007

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -

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Wyoming's main goal this year was to put themselves in a position to send guys to the NCAA Championships in Auburn Hills, Michigan in March. The conclusion of Saturday night's West Regional Championships achieved that goal by sending four Cowboys to compete in the NCAA Championships. Wyoming finished as a team in third place behind Western Wrestling Conference Champs Northern Iowa and runner-up Northern Colorado.

Wyoming's Sam Wendland, Carter Downing, Nick Ramirez and Cory VomBaur are headed to compete against the best in the nation for a National Championship in two weeks.

"The guys wrestled tough tonight and we are proud of them," Cowboy head coach Steven Suder said. "It was going to be a war all day for all of us and we did about as well as we could."

Wendland pinned Northern Colorado's Calen Nicholl in 2:26 during first round action, tech falled Travis Gottschalk of South Dakota State 18-3 in the second round and defeated Northern Iowa's Andrew Anderson 6-3 to earn his second NCAA West Regional title and berth into the NCAA Championships.

Downing pinned Tommy Reamer of Eastern Illinios in 1:47, defeated North Dakota States Ryan Adams by major decision 12-3 and beat UNI's Ryan Osgood 8-3 to earn his second NCAA West Regional title and berth into the NCAA Championships in as many years.

"Sam (Wendland, 197) and Carter (Downing, 149) dominated their matches and did what they were expected to do tonight to earn NCAA West Regional titles," Suder continued.

Redshirt freshmen Nick Ramirez and Cory VomBaur wrestled strong all day and earned two wild card spots into the NCAA Championships.

"Both of these guys had great matches today and they deserve the opportunity to compete against the best in Auburn Hills," Suder said.

Ramirez tech falled SDSU's Marcus Waters in the his first match 20-4, beat Air Force's Zach Valdez 8-1 and then lost an incredible match against NDSU's Eric Hoffman 14-11 in the finals.

VomBaur earned a first round bye, then defeated NDSU's Eric Sanders 4-2, and lost a tough match in the finals to the #1 seeded Kyle Anson of UNI 9-4.

Both Ramirez and VomBaur earned their way to Auburn Hills by a coaches vote in the wild card meetings that followed the day's matches.

Sophomore Garrett Desmond also had a great day of wrestling taking third place honors.

The Cowboys will have two weeks to prepare before they head to Auburn Hills, Michigan to face the best in the nation. The NCAA Championships will begin Thursday, March 15 and run through the 17 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.