Final Press Release Of 1999-2000 Season

March 20, 2000



A Look Ahead: The Cowboy wrestling team has completed it season. TheCowboys finished 8-8 in duals during the 1999-2000 season.

Hamrick Competes at NCAA Championships: Wyoming senior Corey Hamrickwent 0-2 at the 2000 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo.Hamrick lost his first two matches in the double eliminationtournament. To start the tournament on Thursday, Hamrick lost to BradWright of Ohio University 5-2. In the wrestle-back round, Hamrick lostto Scott Bair of Lock Haven 16-2. Hamrick entered the tournament with a24-11 record, and he had been nationally ranked all year in the 133pound weight class. He was ranked #19 going in the NCAA Championships.This was Hamrick's first trip to nationals, but he was an alternatequalifier out of the Western Athletic Conference as a freshman.

Complete Hamrick results:
Lost to Brad Wright (Ohio) 5-2
Lost to Scott Bair (Lock Haven) 16-2 (eliminated)

Hamrick, a native of Wheatland, Wyo., ends his senior year with a 24-13overall record. In his career at UW, Hamrick won 85 matches. Already agraduate, Hamrick is nearing completion of his master's degree atWyoming. The season is now complete for the Wyoming wrestling team.The Cowboys were 8-8 in duals this season and placed sixth at theWestern Regional on March 4. The Pokes will welcome the return of fivestarters to next year's squad.

Suder's Word: The following are quotes from University of Wyoming headwrestling coach Steven Suder after the NCAA Wrestling Championships:"I'm very proud of Corey's accomplishment's this season. He is the trueepitome of a Cowboy, both on the mat and off of it. Although he wasn'tas successful as he hoped, he represented the University of Wyomingwell."

Outlook for 2000-2001: Wyoming will return five starters next season.Mark Hamrick (149), Steven Schenk (174), David Schenk (184), CraigRumsey (197) and Brad Steele (HWT) will all return to the Cowboy lineupnext season. Rumsey and S. Schenk will be seniors, Hamrick will be ajunior and D. Schenk and Steele will be sophomores. A talented class ofredshirt freshman will also give Cowboy fans something to look forwardto.

Wyoming to Qualify at Western Regional: When UW joined the MountainWest Conference, that changed the way the Cowboys will qualify for theNCAA Championships. With only three MWC teams with wresting programs,the conference doesn't sponsor the sport. Wyoming qualified for thenational tournament by competing in the Western Regional, which was heldMarch 4 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Also competing in the Western Regionalalong with Wyoming were Air Force, Brigham Young, Fresno State, EasternIllinois, Marquette and Northern Iowa. With a total of seven teams inthe regional, there were 22 NCAA qualifiers selected at the regional ascompared to 17 at past WAC Tournaments.

Hamrick Nationally Ranked: In the March 1 InterMat Top 20 individualrankings, Wyoming had one nationally ranked wrestler. Corey Hamrickwas ranked #19 in the 133 pound weight class. Hamrick entered the NCAAChampionships with an overall record of 24-11. With his two losses atnationals, Hamrick finished the his senior season 24-13.