2000-2001 Cowboy Wrestling Informational Press Release

Nov. 27, 2000



A Look Ahead: The Cowboy wrestling team will return to action thisweekend at the Las Vegas Invitational. The tournament will offer someof the best competition in the country, as the top teams throughout thenation will be competing. Action will take place Friday and Saturday.

Pokes Fall to Nebraska 31-7: The Cowboys fell to Nebraska 31-7 onFriday night in Lincoln, Neb. The Cowboys won two individual matches inthe first dual of the season for UW. In the third match of the night,coming at 184 pounds, Cowboy freshman Kevin Kessner of Rock Springsdefeated Matt Fletcher 4-3. The winning point for Kessner came onriding time at the end of the match. With the Kessner victory, Wyomingcut the Nebraska lead to 6-3. After #1 ranked Brad Vering of NUdefeated Wyoming's Craig Rumsey 13-6 in the 197 pound match the Huskersgained a lead of 9-3. But the Pokes would bounce back in theheavyweight match. Sophomore Brad Steele of UW earned a major decisionover Pat Miron, 13-5. After Steele's win the lead was cut to 9-7, butWyoming could never get any closer as the Huskers won the remaining fivematches.

 Complete individual results:

165 Pounds-Tony Denke (NU)defeated Justin Christenson (UW) 5-2174 Pounds-#14 Ati Conner (NU)defeated Steven Schenk (UW) 4-2184 Pounds-Kevin Kessner (UW)defeated Matt Fletcher (NU) 4-3197 Pounds-#1 Brad Vering (NU)defeated Craig Rumsey (UW) 13-6Heavyweight-Brad Steele (UW)defeated Pat Miron (NU) 13-5125 Pounds-Jason Powell (NU)defeated John Faczak (UW) by fall 1:42133 Pounds-#2 Todd Beckerman (NU)defeated Kelly McConville (UW) by fall 4:07141 Pounds-Dusty Spaulding (NU)defeated Thad Trujillo (UW) 4-2149 Pounds-Justin Flores (NU)defeated Mark Hamrick (UW) 12-9157 Pounds-#2 Bryan Snyder (NU)defeated Levi Prevost (UW) 23-10

Cowboys Compete at UNO Open: Wyoming had six individuals place in thetop six in their weight class Saturday at the University ofNebraska-Omaha Open. Senior Craig Rumsey led the way with asecond-place finish in the 197 pound weight class. Rumsey went 2-1 onthe day, losing in the championship match to Jason Payne of NorthernIowa 3-1 in overtime. Junior Mark Hamrick went 5-1 in the 149 poundclass, winning the consolation bracket with an 8-7 victory over KeithWeber of Northern Iowa. After losing his second match Hamrick reboundedwith four straight wins. In the 125 pound weight class transfer SteveCordova went 3-1 for a third-place finish. In the third-place matchCordova defeated Charlie Swanson of Augustana by fall at :57. TheCowboys had a pair of fifth-place finishes in Levi Prevost and KevinKessner. Prevost went 3-2 at 157 and Kessner was 4-2 at 184. Both areredshirt freshmen for Wyoming. Sophomore heavyweight Brad Steelefinished sixth at heavyweight with a 2-3 record. Steele lost hisfifth-place match to Andy Bowley of Oregon State 10-6. Remaining Cowboyindividual results:

 John Faczak (125)        0-2 Kelly McConville (133)   3-2 Richie Cordova (141)     2-2 Paul Turco (141)         2-1 Chad Plummer (141)       4-2 Justin Christenson (165) 1-2 Steven Schenk (174)      2-2

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.

Home Slate Set: The next home competition for Wyoming is on Dec. 9,when the Boise State Broncos come to Laramie for a dual scheduled for2:00 p.m. The Cowboys will also host duals with Cal State-Fullerton,Portland State and Frenso State throughout the year. Both Boise Stateand Fresno State are ranked in the preseason Top 20, giving Wyoming anattractive home schedule.