Cowboy Wrestling Team Finishes Second at 1999 WAC Wrestling Championships

March 8, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming had an outstanding day at the 1999 Western Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday with a second-place team finish behind Fresno State, three individual champions and an honor for UW head coach Steven Suder.

Suder was named the WAC Co-Coach of the Year along with New Mexico's Bill Dotson. For Suder it was the fourth time in his 10-year career at Wyoming that he was named WAC Coach of the Year.

Individual Cowboys who captured WAC titles were Matt Winninger at 157 pounds, Brian Wood at 165 pounds and Abe Boomer at Heavyweight. The Pokes also had three other individuals who earned their way into the championship match. Chris Bouchard (125 pounds), Steve Schenk (184 pounds) and Craig Rumsey (197 pounds) all finished second at the WAC Championships.

The Cowboys fell just 4.5 points shy of Fresno State for the team title. Fresno also had three individual titles.

"We had some outstanding individual performances today," said Suder. "I was real proud of the way our team competed. We had five individuals qualify for the NCAA Championships -- our three individual champions of Matt Winninger, Brian Wood and Abe Boomer, plus Steven Schenk and Craig Rumsey, who were awarded NCAA Wild-Card spots by the WAC coaches."

Stephen Abas of Fresno State, the WAC Champion at 125 pounds was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships. Aaron Holker of BYU and Scott Frohardt of Air Force were named Co-Freshmen of the Year.

The NCAA Championships will be held March 18-20 at Penn State University in State College, Pa.

Here is how the Wyoming Cowboys fared in each weight class:

Weight ClassWyoming Finisher125 poundsChris Bouchard, 2nd133Chris Walker, 3rd141Kelly McConville, 4th149Shaymus Wyman, 4th157Matt Winninger, 1st165Brian Wood, 1st174Brandon Dansie, 3rd184Steve Schenk, 2nd197Craig Rumsey, 2ndHeavyweightAbe Boomer, 1st