Cowboy Grapplers Close Out Season at NCAA Championships

March 21, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Universityof Wyoming wrestling team closed out their season at the2003 NCAA wrestling championships with individual losses inthe consolation brackets.

In his third consecutive trip to the championships juniorLevi Prevost won his second round match over Columbia'sMatt Palmer, 9-7. However, his NCAA run came to a close ashe lost his third round match to Troy Letters of Lehigh by a score of 11-1. He then lost in a consolation match to Frank Edwards of Navy by a score of 10-4. Prevost closed out hisjunior season with an overall record of 31-7.

Junior Andrew Shuler fell in his 157 pound consolationmatch to Amir Khan of Rutgers University by a score of 11-9. Shuler closed out his junior season with an overall record of 17-13.

Junior Kevin Kessner also claimed a victory on the day. In consolation action, he defeated Stipe Miocic of Cleveland State by a score of 11-4. He then fell to third seeded Justin Ruiz of Nebraska in a tight 3-1 match. Kessner finished the season with an overall record of 25-13.

In 285 pound action senior Brad Steele lost hisconsolation match to Tomas Rodriguez of Kent State 7-4.With the loss, Steele finished the season with an overall record of 25-11. He leaves Wyoming as one of the top wrestlers in school history. He ranks eighth on the Wyoming all-time win list with 109 victories.

The Cowboy wrestling team finishes the season with anoverall dual record of 10-7. These four Cowboy wrestlers continued to build the tradition of Wyoming wrestling.Since 1974 a total of 124 Wyoming wrestlers have competed at the NCAA Championships. At least one Cowboy has qualified for the championships in each of the last 29 seasons.