Dec. 2, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The Cowboy grapplers experienced some stiff competition as they competed in the 25th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational in Primm, Nev. on Friday and Saturday. Wyoming finished the tournament 34th out of 47 schools with 15.5 team points.
"We were disappointed with the way the first round of the tournament went," said associate head coach Matt Johnson. "We kind of had to rally the troops today."
Junior Bryan Bernal and redshirt freshmen Cory VomBaur and Nick Ramirez led the Cowboys with each earning three wins respectively. Bernal lost his first match of the weekend, then wrestled his way through wrestlebacks and lost in the last round before he could place. Bernal had one win by technical fall and another by major decision.
"We are very encouraged with our young guys after this weekend," Johnson continued. Cory (VomBaur) and Nick (Ramirez) did a lot of positive things."
Both Ramirez and VomBaur wrestled well all weekend. All of Ramirez's matches were close, including his second victory by defeating Billy Exline from Missouri Valley by sudden victory 8-6.
In one of VomBaur's three wins, he pinned the Division II National Champion last year in Brett Allgood at 5:52.
"This is just a great tournament. There are All-Americans in every weight class and all of last year's National Champs were here. We got our feet wet and now we can go back to practice and keep working on things we can improve on," Johnson said.
The Cowboys head to Lincoln, Neb. to face the Cornhuskers in their second dual of the year on Saturday, Dec. 16. Wyoming looks to bounce back after the experience and competition they faced at the Cliff Keen Invitational.