Wyoming Wrestlers Have Short Go in NCAA Championships

March 15, 2007

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -

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Wyoming Wrestling had a tough time against the best in the nation on Thursday as they went 0-8 in Auburn Hills, Michigan at the NCAA Championships. The Cowboys finished the season 5-9 overall and 4-1 in the Western Wrestling Conference.

"I am completely numb with what just happened," head coach Steven Suder said. "I have no answer for it."

Wyoming's Nick Ramirez, Cory VomBaur, Carter Downing and Sam Wendland all drew tough opening round matches. Three of the four Cowboys drew seeded opponents, two of which were six seeds.

Ramirez lost his first match by decision 7-4 to Northwestern's Brandon Precin, and his second loss came at the hands of Brandon Kinney of Columbia.

VomBaur drew 6th seeded Darrell Vasquez of Cal Poly and lost by fall, then lost his second match to Eric Albright of Virginia.

Downing also drew a 6th seed in J.P. O'Conner of Harvard and lost by decision 5-0. Downing lost his second match in wrestlebacks to Michael Roberts of Boston.

Wyoming's lone senior, Wendland, drew 12th seeded Dallas Herbst from Wisconsin and lost by fall. Wendland lost his second match to Timothy Morrison of Rider to end the Cowboys hopes in the tournament.

"I am very disappointed for our guys, not our effort," Suder continued. "We didn't have one guy go out today and roll over. All four of them never gave up and gave everything they had. It was a complete conflict of styles, but not a lack of fight. My heart goes out to them."

Scores for wrestleback matches were not available at press time.