Dec. 1-2, 1995
Las Vegas, Nev.
Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational
By John Rando
Over these two days, the grapplers from the University of Wyoming headed into the Cliff Keen Invitational with a great sense that they could compete for a team title. The Cowboys had one of the best lineups in the tournament with the reigning WAC Wrestler of the Week Brent Voorhees in the 150 pound class and the Alderman brothers, Brandon in the 158 class, and Brad in the 167 class.
In the 177 weight class for the Cowboys was the two-time All-American Reese Andy from Billings, Mont. Andy, having posted individual championships earlier in the season at the Cowboy Open and the University of Nebraska Omaha Open, entered the Las Vegas tournament with an 8-0 season record.
Andy, the number one seed of the 177 weight class, made quick work of his quarter of the bracket, defeating Cal State Fullerton's John Dyreyes by a score of 20-3 in seven minutes, and then taking out Donovan True of Ohio State by fall in under two minutes.
Andy then got into the quarterfinals with the other seeded grapplers of the weight class as he took on Wisconsin's eighth seeded Joe Mahoney. The match lasted all three periods, but in the end Andy came out on top with a 15-3 decision. The semi-final match pitted Andy against the fourth seeded Matyushenko of Lassen College. Again the match went to the third period with Andy earning a 9-2 decision and a spot in the Championship round with the three seed of Michigan's Jesse Rawls. The match was hard fought for the three periods with each grappler fighting for every precious point. With the final whistle, Andy emerged on top with a 4-2 victory to win the 177 pound weight class. Andy's championship victory helped earn the Cowboys a third place finish in the tournament out of 34 teams.
Later in the week Andy was awarded with his first of three WAC Wrestler of the Week awards for his 13-0 record and three individual tournament championships in the early season. Over the rest of the season Andy amassed a record of 38-4 including the 177 pound WAC championship and a second place finish at the NCAA Tournament helping the Pokes finish the season as the 15th best squad in the country.
Andy earned 110 wins over his career from 1994-96 to rank him seventh on the all-time Cowboy victories list. Andy's 38 wins in the 1995-96 season ranks seventh all-time of the UW single season wins list. Andy also became the second three-time All-American wrestler at Wyoming and was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.
Voorhees would go on to finish second in the WAC Championship and seventh at the NCAA tournament and earn All-American honors along with Brandon Alderman who finished third in the WAC Championships and sixth at the NCAA tournament.