March 21, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. - After two days of grueling competition at the NCAA Championships, the 2007-08 Cowboy wrestling season has come to a close. Senior Carter Downing and sophomore Cory VomBaur have been eliminated from competition bringing a season full of ups and downs to a close.
"It was a tough year for us," UW head coach Steven Suder said. "We had some tough circumstances to deal with all season, some of which we could control and others we couldn't. We are proud of how our guys competed at the championships and my heart goes out to them for their commitment and dedication."
Wrestling in his final matches as a Cowboy, senior Carter Downing brought his impressive career to an end, going 1-2 in the championships. He began the tournament on Thursday facing the #12 seed Garrett Scott of Penn State. Downing got caught in the second period under the powerful Scott and was pinned at the 3:32 mark. Not one to give up, Downing came back later that night to defeat Torsten Gillespie of Edinboro University by major decision 15-7. On Friday morning, Downing was unable to find his stride as he lost to Drew Headlee of Pittsburgh 10-9. Downing had fallen behind 7-1, but came storming back and just came up short in the final period to lose the match. He finished the season with an overall record of 22-7, including 11 major decisions and one technical fall.
"Carter wrestled hard during this tournament and we are going to miss what he meant to our team," Suder continued. "He will be a tough guy to replace."
Sophomore Cory VomBaur is still continuing to grow as a wrestler for the Cowboys. After having a solid Western Regional tournament, he was unable to earn a victory at the championships, going 0-2 on Thursday. VomBaur opened the tournament facing the #6 seed Lou Ruggirello from Hofstra. Ruggirello wasted no time taking VomBaur down and was able to get him on his back for the pin at the 1:38 mark. In VomBaur's wrestleback match, he was defeated by Steve Bell of Maryland by major decision 12-3. VomBaur finished the season with a 20-17 overall record and four major decisions.
"Cory is continuing to get better each time he gets on the mat," Suder said. "He knows what it takes to compete at a level like this and he will have to continue to work hard to get where he wants to be.
"It is always sad when the season comes to an end," Suder continued. "But as a coaching staff we are excited about the recruiting class we have coming in for next season and the guys we have returning. We have some wrestlers that are pretty good and we will have to work hard next season to accomplish what we want to."