Seven Cowboy Grapplers Place At Rocky Mountain Regionals

April 4, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Seven University of Wyoming wrestlersplaced at the USA Wrestling Rocky Mountain Regionals, held March31-April 1 at War Memorial Fieldhouse in Laramie.

The Wyoming team was led by freshmen Matt Westenfelder, Kevin Kessnerand Brad Steele, who all won their weight classes in the freestyledivision.

Westenfelder, a true freshman from Nine Mile Falls, Wash., won the167.5 pound weight class by going 5-0. Westenfelder defeated teammateand fellow true freshman Levi Prevost in the championships match.Prevost went 3-1 on the day.

Kessner went 3-0 in the 187 pound weight class, easily defeating all ofhis opponents. Kessner won by scores of 10-0, 13-2 and by fall at :41.A freshman from Rock Springs, Kessner has four years of eligibility leftfor the Cowboys.

Steele, who was Wyoming's starter at heavyweight this past year, wonall three of his matches at 214 pounds on his way to the championship.In the championship match, Steele defeated teammate Craig Rumsey 3-2.Rumsey, who won his first two matches by a combined score of 23-0,finished 2-1.

In the 139 pound weight class, Wyoming wrestlers finished second andthird. Kelly McConville was second with a 2-1 record. McConville lostto Mike Eierman, a former All-American at Nebraska, in the championshipmatch. Mark Hamrick placed third, going 3-1 with three dominatingvictories. Hamrick's only loss came to the eventual champion Eierman inthe second round.

Two Cowboys were placewinners in the Greco-Roman division.Westenfelder placed second in the 167.5 pound weight class and Hamrickwas third at 139 pounds. Westenfelder went 2-1 to earn second-placehonors. Hamrick also went 2-1, and clinched third-place with a 13-6victory over Justin Winney. Westenfelder and Hamrick were placewinnersin both the freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions.

"The thing that is so encouraging is that we had three true freshmanand two redshirt freshman wrestling so well," said University of Wyominghead wrestling coach Steven Suder. "Each of them was able to place in astrong tournament. The future of our program looks very bright."