Wyoming Wrestling Team Shows Solid Performance at Las Vegas Invitational

Dec. 3, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Three University of Wyomingwrestlers placed Saturday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational inLas Vegas, Nev., to help lead the Pokes to a 15th place team finish.Michigan won the 53-team tournament with 163 points followed by WestVirginia, Lehigh, Edinboro and Arizona State. The Cowboys finished with53 team points.

Junior Brad Steele placed third in the heavyweight division afterdefeating David Rechul of Harvard 8-6. Steele, from St. James, Minn.,lost his second match of the tournament before going on to win sixstraight, finishing with a record of 7-1, which included two pins.

Sophomore Levi Prevost, from Sidney, Mont., finished fifth in the 157pound weight class with a 6-2 record. In the fifth-place match Prevostdefeated Warren Stout of Lehigh 10-2. Prevost, seeded fifth, fell to10th ranked and fourth-seeded Ryan Bertin of Michigan in thequarterfinals before battling his way back to the fifth-palce match.

Senior Mark Hamrick of Wheatland, Wyo., placed seventh in the 141 poundweight class after going 4-2 in the tournament. Hamrick (the numbereight seed) defeated Oregon's Brian Watson in a close 3-2 match. In thequarterfinals Hamrick lost to the number one seed David Douglas ofArizona State 8-1.

"I was very pleased with how we performed," said UW head coach StevenSuder. "It was a great accomplishment at a tournament of this statureto have three of our guys place."

Senior Kelly McConville finished with a 3-2 record at 133 pounds,redshirt freshman Justin Salas went 2-2 at 165 pounds, redshirt freshmanE.K. Waldhaus finished 2-2 at 174 pounds and sophomore Kevin Kessnerwent 2-2 at 184 pounds.

"We only wrestled with eight guys so to place 15th was promising.Everybody at least won one match for us which was a positive. We'remaking progress, although it is a slow process. We need to startadjusting quicker than we are. We lost some matches here in ways thatwe shouldn't be at this point in the season." Suder said.

Wyoming will host its first home dual of the year Saturday, Dec. 8,when they take on Nebraska. The Cornhuskers were ranked seventh in thenation in the most recent poll. The dual will begin at 7:00 p.m. in theMultiPurpose Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Wyoming.

Wyoming Individual Results from the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational:

 133 - Kelly McConville  3-2 141 - Mark Hamrick      4-2 7th 149 - Chad Plummer      1-2 157 - Levi Prevost      6-2 5th 165 - Justin Salas      2-2 174 - E.K. Waldhaus     2-2 184 - Kevin Kessner     2-2 HWT - Brad Steele       7-1 3rd