Three Cowboy Wrestlers Earn Academic All-American Honors

May 19, 2000


Three University of Wyoming wrestlershave been named Honorable Mention Academic All-American by the NationalWrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).

Brandon Dansie and Corey Hamrick were named to the Second Team, whileJeremy Sell was named to the Honorable Mention team. The teams areselected by the NWCA. There are 11 wrestlers on the First Team, 11 onthe Second Team and 34 Honorable Mention selections. The awards werepresented to individuals who displayed the ability to perform in theclassroom as well as on the mat.

Dansie, a senior from Salt Lake City, Utah, was a starter for theCowboys at 174 pounds during the 1999-2000 season. He compiled a recordof 17-15 with six pins. At the 2000 West Regional Dansie placed secondin his weight class with a record of 2-1. This is the third NWCA honorfor Dansie. In 1998 Dansie was named to the NWCA Second Team and in1999 he was an Honorable Mention selection. Dansie is also a formerWestern Athletic Conference (WAC) Scholar-Athlete. Majoring ineconomics, Dansie has a grade-point-average of 3.763.

Hamrick was an NCAA Championships qualifier for Wyoming this pastseason. A native of Wheatland, Wyo., Hamrick posted an overall recordof 24-13 in his senior season and was nationally ranked in the 133-poundweight class much of the year. In dual action Hamrick was 13-3, provingto be a major weapon for the Pokes. Corey was a four-year starter forWyoming and notched a second-place finish in the WAC in 1997. Workingon his Master's degree in education, Hamrick has a grade-point-averageof 3.667. Hamrick was also a Second Team selection in 1998, along withbeing a former WAC Scholar-Athlete.

Sell wrapped up his collegiate career with an overall record of 24-11this past season. Sell moved down a weight class to 165 pounds and wasa force for Wyoming, registering a team-high seven pins. Sell was inand out of the lineup during his time at UW, battling injuriesthroughout his career. In 1998 Sell placed second at the WACChampionships and placed fourth at the West Regional in 2000. This isthe third time that Sell, who carries a grade-point-average of 3.298 inchemical engineering, has been an Honorable Mention selection by theNWCA.

"It's always very satisfying to see these guys who have excelled inboth arenas get this kind of recognition," said Wyoming head coachSteven Suder. "It's this type of effort that is fun to point to andsay, `That is what Wyoming athletics is all about.'"

Last year Dansie, Sell and former Cowboy Matt Winninger were allHonorable Mention selections.