Corey Hamrick And Baend Buus Win Admiral Land Awards

Oct. 8, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

A highly decorated wrestler and anindividual who helped organize the "6th Man Club" for men's and women'sbasketball were honored for their contribution to the University ofWyoming Athletic Department on Saturday. The winners for the 45thannual Admiral Emory S. Land award and trophy for this year are CoreyHamrick of Wheatland and Baend (Bane-d) Buus (rhymes with juice) ofMoorcroft, respectively.

The Admiral Land Award is presented annually to the top UW studentathlete or athletes and the Admiral Land Trophy is presented to astudent who has exhibited excellence in promoting UW athletics. The twowere recognized at halftime of the Wyoming - San Diego State footballgame.

During his career at Wyoming, Hamrick was a four-year starter for theCowboy wrestling team. He often served as a speaker and volunteer inthe community's classrooms, youth functions and camps. Hamrick is aformer president of the UW Student-Athlete Committee. He was selectedfor the Land Award based on his academic and athletic accomplishmentsand the leadership role he played at UW - including representing theUniversity of Wyoming at the 1998 NCAA Foundations Leadership Conferencein Orlando, Fla. As an undergraduate, Hamrick majored in health scienceand maintained a 3.6 GPA. After his first year in graduate school, hehas a 3.8 GPA. He was a two-time Western Athletic Conference scholarathlete, named to the Academic All-WAC team 1997-1998 and a MountainWest Conference Scholar Athlete last year. Hamrick was also namedAcademic All American by the National Wrestling Coaches Associationtwice. He placed in the WAC Championships four times and was a NCAATournament qualifier in 2000. Hamrick was also named to the NationalStrength Coaches All-American team in 2000. He is the son of John andEdna Hamrick.

Buus is a senior majoring in business administration. He began workingin the equipment room from the spring of 1996 until the end of 1998. Heis currently working with the UW athletic marketing and promotionsdepartments. He actively participates in the promotion of all Cowboyand Cowgirl programs. Last fall, Buus helped start the "6th Man Club,"which is a club organized for enthusiastic and active Cowboy and Cowgirlbasketball fans to participate with various events throughout thebasketball seasons. Buus is also an active member of the fraternitySigma Phi Epsilon. Buus was a recipient of the UW Presidential HonorsScholarship as a Wyo. high school graduate. His parents are David Buusof Gillette and Linda Buus of Moorcroft.

The Admiral Land awards have been a special part of the University ofWyoming since 1953. They are given as a tribute to distinguished UWalumnus Admiral Emory S. Land, class of 1898. Land was a World War IIShipping Administrator and head of the U.S. Maritime Service. At UW, hewas a member of the first football team and four of the first five teamsin school history.