Cowboy Wrestlers Carry Winning Ways Into West Regional Tournament

March 1, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

: Watch the following interviews for free on Wyoming All-Access!
- CLICK HERE for an interview with UW wrestlers, Carter Downing and Nick Ramirez, 2/26/07.
- CLICK HERE for an interview with Wyoming Cowboy Wrestling head coach Steven Suder, 2/26/07.

Wyoming Wrestling began the 06-07 season with a lot of weight classes up for grabs and some uncertainty with the season. The Pokes have gelled to turn their season around as of late and bring a 4-1 Western Wrestling Conference dual record and a three match winning streak to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday, March 3 for the 2007 NCAA West Regional Tournament.

Teams participating in this year's tournament are; Air Force Academy, Eastern Illinois, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and Wyoming.

The 2007 West Regional will begin Saturday, March 3, at 9 a.m. Mountain Time in Cedar Falls, Iowa and run all day.

"This is what we point toward all year," UW head coach Steven Suder said. "This is the ultimate goal that we want to accomplish, getting to the NCAA Championships. There are 70 guys fighting for 21 spots and it will be a war all day."

The coaches seeding meeting will be held Friday night to determine all the seeds for the tournament. Wyoming has three projected number one seeds in Nick Ramirez (125), Carter Downing (149) and Sam Wendland (197). Cory VomBaur (133) is the projected second seed and Bryan Bernal (174) is the projected third seed. Garrett Desmond (141) and Kyle Morrow (165) will be considered for the third, fourth or fifth seeds.

Junior Carter Downing (29-7 overall) who leads the Cowboys in every scoring category, went 5-0 in the WWC. Downing improved his dual win streak to nine in a row and has nine major decisions, five technical falls and three pins this year. He was also named WWC wrestler of the week December 19.

Redshirt freshman Nick Ramirez also went 5-0 in WWC conference action. Ramirez has two major decisions, one technical fall and two pins to go along with his 20 wins this year.

Senior Sam Wendland finished a perfect 4-0 in WWC action and 12-1 overall. Wendland won three of his four WWC matches by major decision and one by technical fall.

Redshirt freshman Cory VomBaur will enter Saturday's competition with a 17-12 overall record (4-1 in the WWC) and one pin.

Junior Bryan Bernal is the projected third seed in the 174 pound weight class. Bernal finished the regular season with a 21-13 overall record (4-1 in the WWC) and had four major decisions, one technical fall and one pin.

Also wrestling for Wyoming is sophomore Dan Barrone (184), sophomore Dane Fuhrman (157), junior Kyle Morrow (165), and junior Jason Still (Hwt.).

Schedule of Events
9 a.m. Quarterfinals
11 a.m. Semifinals
1 p.m. Wrestle-Backs
4 p.m. Finals
6 p.m. True Second Matches

Tickets
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• Youth - $3
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