March 19, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
A Look Ahead: The Cowboy wrestling team completed its season this pastweekend at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
A Look Ahead to 2001-02: Wyoming will return seven of its ten startersfrom this season's lineup. But the Cowboys will lose two of their threeNCAA qualifiers in Steven Schenk and Craig Rumsey. The returnees fornext year will be highlighted by Mark Hamrick, Levi Prevost and BradSteele. Hamrick had a record of 22-10 this year and placed second atthe West Regional at 149 pounds. The Wheatland, Wyo., native will lookto qualify for the NCAA Championships in his senior season. Prevostcame on strong late in the year and was an NCAA Championshipsparticipant. Prevost qualified for nationals after a strong third-placefinish at the West Regional. Steele went 21-15 in the heavyweight classfor the Cowboys. Steele was nationally ranked for part of the seasonafter a strong showing at the Las Vegas Invite and should be an improvedwrestler next season as a junior. Others who saw lots of action thatwill be returning next year are Justin Christenson (165), Kevin Kessner(184), Kelly McConville (133) and Thad Trujillo (141). There will alsobe a number of youngsters that could see some mat time in redshirtfreshman E.K. Waldhaus (174), Richie Cordova (133/141) and Justin Salas(165). The Pokes will also look to transfer Steve Cordova (125) andredshirt sophomore Matt Westenfelder (165).
Three Cowboys Compete at NCAA's: Wyoming had three wrestlers at theNCAA Championships this past weekend. Freshman Levi Prevost waseliminated Thursday night while seniors Craig Rumsey and Steven Schenkwrestled into the day Friday. Schenk fell just one match short ofachieving All-American status. After losing his first match to LukeMoore of Ohio 6-2, Schenk rebounded to win three in a row at 174pounds. Schenk pinned Louis Taylor of Eastern Illinois at 4:51 in hisfirst match in the wrestleback round. Schenk then went on to defeat #6seed Eric Feeney of Eastern Michigan 5-4 in a terrific match. Schenkthen beat Jeff Rusak of Old Dominion 5-1 to move into the consolationquarterfinals. Just one match away from becoming an All-American,Schenk was defeated by #5 seed Gabe McMahan of Iowa 14-6. By going 3-2at the NCAA Championships Schenk finished his senior year 26-14. Schenkentered nationals unseeded. Wyoming's other senior Craig Rumseyfinished 1-2 at the tournament. Rumsey won his first match over #6 seedChael Sonnen of Oregon 8-7. Rumsey moved on to face #11 seed MikeFickell of Pennsylvania and was defeated 3-1. In the consolationbracket, Rumsey was eliminated by Nik Fekete of Michigan State 9-4.Rumsey finished the year 22-13 in the 197 pound weight class. Cowboyfreshman Levi Prevost was 0-2 at the championships. In his first matchPrevost was defeated by #5 seed Kirk White of Boise State by technicalfall 21-6. In his next match Prevost was beaten by Timothy Huxel of AirForce 12-6. Just a redshirt freshman, Prevost earned a trip tonationals after an impressive third-place finish at the West Regional.As a team Wyoming finished in a tie for 38th with Missouri after scoringsix team points.
Complete meet results:
Steven Schenk - 174 poundsLost to Luke Moore (Ohio) 6-2Defeated Louis Taylor (Eastern Illinois) by fall at 4:51Defeated #6 Eric Feeney (Eastern Michigan) 5-4Defeated Jeff Rusak (Old Dominion) 5-1Lost to #5 Gabe McMahan (Iowa) 14-6
Craig Rumsey - 197 PoundsDefeated #6 Chael Sonnen (Oregon) 8-7Lost to #11 Mike Fickell (Pennsylvania) 3-1Lost to Nik Fekete (Michigan State) 9-4
Levi Prevost - 157 PoundsLost to #5 Kirk White (Boise State) by tech. fall 21-6Lost to Timothy Huxel (Air Force) 12-6