Wyoming Wrestling Program Signs Two More

May 13, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder has announced the signing of Matt Westenfelder of Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls, Wash., and Levi Prevost of Sidney High School in Sidney, Mont., to national letters of intent.

Westenfelder is a two-time state champion at 168 pounds. Over his four years, he compiled an overall record of 121-26. His final two seasons, he went 68-5. Westenfelder placed fifth his freshman year at 129 pounds and third his junior year at 148 pounds.

At Lakeside High School, Westenfelder holds the career records for takedowns, near-falls and wins. He was also named Great Northern League "Wrestler of the Year."

Westenfelder earned All-American honors with an eighth-place finish at the National High School Tournament in Pittsburgh, Penn. He was also a two-time Greco-Roman state champion and one-time freestyle state champion.

The son of Jon and Sheryl Westenfelder, Matt plans to study social work at UW. He will most likely wrestle at 165 pounds for the Pokes.

"We are very excited about Matt becoming a part of this team," said Suder. "We believe that he will immediately add to the intensity of the wrestling room and within two years could be a real crowd pleaser with his all-out, aggressive style. What makes this a great fit is the fact that Matt seems to be as excited about this as we are."

Prevost is a two-time state champion, winning the title his sophomore year at 119 pounds and his senior year at 145 pounds. This past season, Prevost posted a 40-0 record on his way to the state championship.

In four years of action, Prevost had an overall record of 138-21. Along with his two state championships, Prevost placed third in the state his freshman year and second his junior year. Prevost was a five-time freestyle and five-time Greco-Roman state champion. At the recent National High School Tournament, Prevost placed sixth to earn All-American honors.

Prevost also lettered in football and track. He was an academic all-state selection with a 3.5 grade-point-average. At Wyoming, where he is projected to wrestle at 157 pounds, Prevost plans to study architecture or engineering. He is the son of Bruce and Joy Prevost.

"Levi is a tough competitor," said Suder. "He comes from a very good high school program and is well prepared for this level. His coach, Guy Melby, has produced several successful Division I wrestlers, and were fortunate to have Levi join us. He has applied himself academically and has really taken advantage of the opportunities that have been afforded him. He's got another one waiting for him here and we're excited about it."

Wyoming now has a total of four signees. Also joining the Cowboy team next year are Sean Wear of Choctaw, Okla. and Kevin Kessner of Rock Springs.