2000-2001 Cowboy Wrestling Informational Press Release

Oct. 30, 2000



A Look Ahead: The Cowboy wrestling team will begin its season on Fridaywith the annual intrasquad tournament. Action begins at 5:00 p.m. atWar Memorial Fieldhouse.

Outlook for 2000-2001: Wyoming returns four starters off of last year's8-8 squad, giving the Cowboys six new faces in the starting lineup. ThePokes will be led by seniors Craig Rumsey and Steven Schenk. Rumseywill be the man at 197 while Schenk will hold down the spot at 174.Rumsey and Schenk are the only seniors on the roster and each of them iscapable of having an outstanding senior season. The Cowboys will alsobe looking for strong seasons from juniors Mark Hamrick and KellyMcConville along with sophomore Brad Steele. Hamrick returns to the 149pound weight class while McConville will step in at 133. Steele returnsfor his second full season at heavyweight. All three have the skill andtalent to put together strong seasons for the Pokes. There is some realexcitement in the program about the youngsters who will be stepping intothe spotlight. Levi Prevost (157), Matt Westenfelder (165) and KevinKessner (184) are all redshirt freshmen that should start this season.Each of the freshmen has the talent to have outstanding careers atWyoming. The remainder of the lineup will be filled with guys who thecoaching staff feels very comfortable with. A very challenging scheduleawaits the Cowboys. After the always-tough Cowboy Open on Nov. 12, thePokes will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the NebraskaCornhuskers. Also on the dual schedule are Boise State, Oklahoma,Northern Iowa and Fresno State. The Pokes host Boise State, CalState-Fullerton, Portland State and Fresno State in Laramie, along withhosting the 2001 West Regional.

Suder's Word: The following are quotes from University of Wyoming headwrestling coach Steven Suder heading into the 2000-2001 season."Anytime you start a season after losing six senior starters off of yourteam it's a little worrisome. With that, we feel real comfortable withour first tier of guys who will step in and replace them. But ascomfortable as we are with them, we realize that a lot of them are realyoung and really untested. It's possible that the talent we have in thewrestling room this year might be a notch or two above where it's everbeen."

Wyoming to Qualify at West Regional: When UW joined the Mountain WestConference, that changed the way the Cowboys will qualify for the NCAAChampionships. With only two MWC teams with wresting programs, theconference doesn't sponsor the sport. Wyoming will qualify wrestlersfor the national tournament by competing in the West Regional, whichwill be held March 3 in Laramie, Wyo. Also competing in the WestRegional along with Wyoming will be Air Force, Fresno State, EasternIllinois, Marquette and Northern Iowa. There will be a total of 20qualifiers in the tournament.

Cowboys to Host West Regional: The University of Wyoming and Laramiewill serve as host to the West Regional on March 3, 2001. Wyoming willbe hosting five other schools as they all compete for 20 spots to theNCAA Wrestling Championships. The tournament will take place at theArena-Auditorium.