April 30, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder has announced the signing of Kevin Kessner, of Rock Springs High School, to a national letter of intent.
Kessner comes to Wyoming as a two-time state champion, with a 70-0 record his final two years. He went 37-0 his senior season at 189 pounds, and was 33-0 his junior year at 171 pounds. His sophomore year, Kessner went 32-8 and placed third in the state.
At the recent National High School Tournament in Pittsburgh, Penn., Kessner took third in the 189-pound weight class. He is also a five-time freestyle and greco-roman Wyoming state champion.
For the Cowboys, Kessner is projected to wrestle at 184 or 197 pounds.
"We feel that Kevin is quite possibly the premier wrestler in the state this year," said Suder. "This is a real natural fit for him. His style is a good match for our type of wrestling. He is a physical, aggressive type of wrestler. Kevin is a strong student and seems to be very motivated both academically and athletically.
"Kevin's addition to this program really goes a long way in shoring up our upper weights for the future. He comes from one of the traditionally stronger programs in the state. We think that the experiences and opportunities that he has had under coach Dalton (Harvey) and coach Hamel (Joe) have prepared him well for this level."
Kessner was also successful in the classroom, where he was on the honor roll and was a member of the National Honor Society. With a 3.5 grade-point-average, he was once also selected as student of the month.
While at UW, Kessner plans on studying biology or biochemistry, with hopes of attending medical school following graduation. He is the son of Dennis and Betty Kessner.
"I'm really excited about coming to Laramie," said Kessner. "I can achieve all of my goals there. Coach Suder is a really good mentor, someone I can learn from. Assistant coaches Stafford (Joe) and Johnson (Matt) are my size, so they'll be able to help me at the same time."