2000-2001 Cowboy Wrestling Informational Press Release

Jan. 29, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

COWBOY WRESTLING (5-4)

A Look Ahead: The Cowboy wrestling team will head back out on the roadthis week when they dual against Southern Colorado in Pueblo, Colo. Thedual will take place Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Cowboys Defeat Titans 32-6: Seven straight wins to end the match gavethe University of Wyoming wrestling team a convincing 32-6 dual win overCal State Fullerton Friday night in Laramie. The Cowboys were tied withthe Titans at six after Kelly McConville's 3-2 win over DavidRodriguez. It was all Wyoming after that, as the Pokes dominated thesix remaining matches in coasting to victory. Wyoming had two majordecisions and two pins in the dual. Junior Mark Hamrick won his 149pound match 16-6 over Joshua Spencer to give Wyoming a 13-6 lead. Themajor decision was Hamrick's 15th victory of the season. In the nextmatch at 157 pounds, UW freshman Levi Prevost scored big in a 27-14 winover Daniel Hernandez. Prevost was tied with Hernandez at 11, butpulled away to extend the Cowboy lead to 17-6. Senior Steven Schenk andfreshman Kevin Kessner ended the match in style as each won their matchby fall. Schenk pinned Shawn Henebry at 4:17 and Kessner finished offJosh Ready at 4:45. Schenk has been nationally ranked throughout theseason and looked impressive while Kessner, a Rock Springs native,notched his 12th win of the season. Craig Rumsey, ranked #19 at 197pounds, lost his match to #20 Babak Nejadmaghaddam 8-6 to start thedual. The match was tied with a little over a minute remaining, butNejadmaghaddam scored an escape and a takedown for the win. HeavyweightBrad Steele got the first win of the night for Wyoming with an 8-3decision over Chad Troxler.

Pokes Finish Third at Jack Hancock Invite: Wyoming placed third at theJack Hancock Invitational Saturday in Golden, Colo. The tournament washosted by the Colorado School of Mines. Wyoming was led by StevenSchenk and Kelly McConville, who each placed second in their weightclass. Schenk went 2-1 in the 174 pound weight class, losing to TerryParham of Air Force in the title match 8-5. On his way to thechampionship match Schenk defeated Ryan Swanson of the Colorado Schoolof Mines by fall at 1:40 and also beat Mike Barger of Oklahoma 6-3.McConville went 2-1 at 133 pounds, continuing a hot streak as of late.The Cowboys had four third-place finishes. Mark Hamrick (149), JustinChristenson (165), Craig Rumsey (197) and Brad Steele (HWT) all won theconsolation championship in their respective weight classes. Hamrickand Christenson went 3-1 on the day while Steele was 2-1 and Rumseyfinished 1-1. Kevin Kessner placed fourth at 184 pounds by going 2-2.Paul Turco also finished fourth for UW, going 2-2 at 141 pounds.Oklahoma won the team competition with 138.5 team points. Air Forcefinished second with 128 points and the Cowboys were third with 66points. Oklahoma's Jared Frayer was named the tournament's OutstandingWrestler by winning the 149 pound championship.

Suder's Word: The following are quotes from Wyoming head coach StevenSuder after the Cowboys' 32-6 dual victory over Cal State Fullerton:"Our guys came out and wrestled pretty well. I thought we wereaggressive, and that's something we need to be. We were scoring from avariety of positions and were able to finish them off. It was a goodmatch for us, and now we can build on it and improve."

Wyoming to Qualify at West Regional: When UW joined the Mountain WestConference, that changed the way the Cowboys will qualify for the NCAAChampionships. With only two MWC teams with wresting programs, theconference doesn't sponsor the sport. Wyoming will qualify wrestlersfor the national tournament by competing in the West Regional, whichwill be held March 3 in Laramie, Wyo. Also competing in the WestRegional along with Wyoming will be Air Force, Fresno State, EasternIllinois, Marquette and Northern Iowa. There will be a total of 20qualifiers in the tournament.

Cowboys to Host West Regional: The University of Wyoming and Laramiewill serve as host to the West Regional on March 3, 2001. Wyoming willbe hosting five other schools as they all compete for 20 spots to theNCAA Wrestling Championships. The tournament will take place at theArena-Auditorium.

Rumsey Nationally Ranked: Amateur Wrestling News released its latestindividual rankings on Jan. 23 and senior Craig Rumsey was ranked.Rumsey was ranked #19 at 197 pounds. Sophomore Brad Steele and seniorSteven Schenk have each been nationally ranked this season but weren'tin the latest rankings. Rumsey lost a tough match against Cal StateFullerton this past weekend. He fell to Babak Nejadmaghaddam 8-6 in thehome dual. A late escape and takedown gave the win to Nejadmaghaddam,who entered the match undefeated and ranked #20. On Saturday Rumseyfinished third at the Jack Hancock Invite with a 1-1 record.