Cowboy Wrestling Finishes Sixth At Western Regional

March 4, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming wrestling teamwill have one qualifier at the 2000 NCAA Wrestling Championships afterthe Western Regional, held Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

CoreyHamrick, a senior, earned a bid by finishing third in the 133 poundweight class. On the day, Hamrick went 2-2 in a very tough, competitiveweight class. Hamrick lost to Jose Enriquez of BYU in the first round11-5, but Corey bounced back to win his next two matches, defeatingAndrew Peters of Air Force 13-4 and Chad Boudreaux of Northern Iowa7-3. In the true second-place match, Hamrick was defeated by Paris Ruizof Fresno State 7-2.

Wyoming finished the Regional in sixth-place with55 team points. Host school Northern Iowa was first with 146.5 points.The Panthers were followed by BYU (96.5), Eastern Illinois (77), AirForce (66), Fresno State (65.5), Wyoming (55) and Marquette (42).Northern Iowa also had the most qualifiers with seven, BYU had five.

Brandon Dansie also performed very well for Wyoming, finishing second inthe 174-pound weight class. In the first round, Dansie defeated DanJackson of Fresno State 4-3. From there Dansie beat Louis Taylor ofEastern Illinois 2-0 to make it to the championship match. In thechampionship, Dansie lost to Randy Pugh of Northern Iowa 22-6.

At 149pounds, sophomore Mark Hamrick placed fourth, going 2-2. In theconsolation finals, Hamrick was defeated by Patrick Brady-Lee of AirForce 2-1 in two overtimes. Hamrick's two victories were over BrianCobb of Missouri 5-4 and Darrick Duran of Fresno State 6-1.

Jeremy Sellfinished in fourth-place for the Pokes at 165 pounds, also going 2-2.Sell fell to Nate Lawrenz of Northern Iowa 5-3 in the third-placematch. A senior, Sell defeated Alex Pelbath of Air Force 9-6 and MattDemers of Fresno State 3-1 in overtime.

Freshman Dave Schenk went 1-2on the day, to place fourth. After losing in the first round, Schenkcame back to beat Kyle Bracey of Eastern Illinois 8-4. In thethird-place match, Schenk lost to Sam Sheretz of Air Force 10-3.

CiscoGonzales (125), Shay Wyman (141), Brian Wood (157), Craig Rumsey (197)and Brad Steele (HWT) all won matches, but were unable to place.

The following are quotes from Wyoming head wrestlingcoach Steven Suder after the Western Regional:

"Corey really battledback after losing his first match in a very tough weight class. He beatPeters from Air Force 13-4, the same guy who beat Corey two weeks ago8-1, so that really says something about him. I'm proud of the way theguys competed. They all battled hard, there's no way I can questionthat. We just ran into some real tough guys."

Complete individual results:125 Pounds - Cisco Gonzales  1-2133 Pounds - Corey Hamrick   2-2 (qualifier)141 Pounds - Shay Wyman      1-2149 Pounds - Mark Hamrick    2-2157 Pounds - Brian Wood      1-2165 Pounds - Jeremy Sell     2-2174 Pounds - Brandon Dansie  2-1184 Pounds - Dave Schenk     1-2197 Pounds - Craig Rumsey    1-2Heavyweight - Brad Steele    1-2