Cowboy Grapplers Qualify Three For NCAA Championships

March 3, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Team Scores/Individual Results

Three UW wrestlers qualified for the NCAAChampionships this past weekend at the West Regional.

Seniors StevenSchenk and Craig Rumsey were champions in their weight class. Schenkentered the 174 pound bracket seeded fourth, and he defeated the #1, #3and #5 seeds on his way to the championship. Schenk wrestled #5 MikeKratz of Marquette in the first round, winning by technical fall at3:41. In the semifinals Schenk was set to face #1 seed Eric Brown ofNorthern Iowa. Schenk totally dominated Brown in the match, winning bya score of 15-2. In the finals Schenk defeated #3 Louis Taylor ofEastern Illinois 5-3.

Rumsey was seeded #3 in the 197 pound weightclass. In the first round Rumsey defeated George Flannick of Marquetteby fall at 3:43. In the semifinals Rumsey faced Joe Gleissner ofEastern Illinois. Rumsey pinned Gleissner at the 2:53 mark to make hisway into the finals. In the finals Rumsey faced #1 seed Jason Payne ofNorthern Iowa. In a close, hard-fought match Rumsey defeated Payne4-2.

Both Schenk and Rumsey earned automatic bids to the NCAAChampionships with their championships. Freshman Levi Prevost was thethird Cowboy to qualify. Prevost was selected as a wildcard qualifierin the coaches wildcard meeting. Prevost placed third in the 157 poundweight class. Prevost entered the tournament seeded #3 and faced JakeHarreld of Marquette in the first round. Prevost defeated Harreld 12-4and moved on to face #2 Drew Kelly of Northern Iowa, who he defeated8-4. That set up a finals match between #1 seed Nathan Vasquez ofFresno State and Prevost. Vasquez defeated Prevost in the championshipmatch 6-4 in overtime. Vasquez scored a takedown with two seconds leftin overtime for the win. Vasquez entered the Regional ranked #9nationally in the weight class.

Wyoming had a couple of second-placefinishers in Mark Hamrick and Justin Christenson. Hamrick lost the 149pound championship match to Scott Frohardt of Air Force 6-1. Hamrickwas the #2 seed and defeated #3 seed Joe Weber of Northern Iowa 8-4 inthe semifinals. Christenson had an outstanding day for the Cowboys. Hecame into the tournament the #6 seed in the 165 pound weight class. Inthe first round Christenson lost to Alex Pelbath of Air Force 9-6. Inthe consolation semifinals Christenson beat #4 seed Eddie Gifford ofFresno State 3-2 and won the consolation final over Pelbath 5-4,avenging his only loss. Christenson then wrestled in a true secondmatch against #1 seed Peter Butville of Marquette. Christenson won thesecond-place match 6-1, capping off a standout day for the junior.

Sophomore Thad Trujillo finished third at 141 pounds for Wyoming. Afterdefeating Phil Bronsteatter of Marquette in the first round 11-6,Trujillo lost to eventual champion Ralph Lopez of Fresno State in thesemifinals 10-3. But Trujillo would bounce back with a pin over TimLoeffle of Eastern Illinois and a 10-2 victory over Ryan Montanez of AirForce to claim third-place. In the true second match Trujillo lost to#1 seed Mark Rial of Northern Iowa. Junior John Faczak (125) andsophomore Brad Steele (Hwt) both finished in fourth-place in theirweights while freshman Kevin Kessner (184) didn't place.