Cowboys Eliminated From NCAA Wrestling Championships

March 16, 2001


All three of Wyoming's 2001 NCAAWrestling Championships participants have been eliminated fromcompetition. Freshman Levi Prevost was eliminated Thursday night whileseniors Craig Rumsey and Steven Schenk wrestled into the day Friday.

Schenk fell just one match short of achieving All-American status.After losing his first match to Luke Moore of Ohio 6-2, Schenk reboundedto win three in a row at 174 pounds. Schenk pinned Louis Taylor ofEastern Illinois at 4:51 in his first match in the wrestleback round.Schenk then went on to defeat #6 seed Eric Feeney of Eastern Michigan5-4 in a terrific match. Schenk then beat Jeff Rusak of Old Dominion5-1 to move into the consolation quarterfinals. Just one match awayfrom becoming an All-American, Schenk was defeated by #5 seed GabeMcMahan of Iowa 14-6. By going 3-2 at the NCAA Championships Schenkfinished his senior year 26-14. Schenk entered nationals unseeded.

Wyoming's other senior Craig Rumsey finished 1-2 at the tournament.Rumsey won his first match over #6 seed Chael Sonnen of Oregon 8-7.Rumsey moved on to face #11 seed Mike Fickell of Pennsylvania and wasdefeated 3-1. In the consolation bracket, Rumsey was eliminated by NikFekete of Michigan State 9-4. Rumsey finished the year 22-13 in the 197pound weight class.

Cowboy freshman Levi Prevost was 0-2 at the championships. In hisfirst match Prevost was defeated by #5 seed Kirk White of Boise State bytechnical fall 21-6. In his next match Prevost was beaten by TimothyHuxel of Air Force 12-6. Just a redshirt freshman, Prevost earned atrip to nationals after an impressive third-place finish at the WestRegional.

 Complete match results

Steven Schenk - 174 pounds Lost to Luke Moore (Ohio) 6-2 Defeated Louis Taylor (Eastern Illinois) by fall at 4:51 Defeated #6 Eric Feeney (Eastern Michigan) 5-4 Defeated Jeff Rusak (Old Dominion) 5-1 Lost to #5 Gabe McMahan (Iowa) 14-6

Craig Rumsey - 197 Pounds Defeated #6 Chael Sonnen (Oregon) 8-7 Lost to #11 Mike Fickell (Pennsylvania) 3-1 Lost to Nik Fekete (Michigan State) 9-4

Levi Prevost - 157 Pounds Lost to #5 Kirk White (Boise State) by tech. fall 21-6 Lost to Timothy Huxel (Air Force) 12-6