2000-2001 Cowboy Wrestling Informational Press Release

Dec. 18, 2000



A Look Ahead: The Cowboy wrestling team will be off until Dec. 27-28when it competes at the Midlands Tournament in Chicago, Ill. The nextdual for the Pokes will be on Jan. 6 at the Lone Star Duals, where theywill face Oklahoma, Brown and Navy.

Pokes Fall to Boise State 29-3: Wyoming lost to Boise State 29-3 onSaturday in Laramie. The nationally ranked Broncos won nine of the tenmatches on their way to the victory. Steven Schenk won the first matchof the afternoon 5-3 over Pat Owens to give the Cowboys a 3-0 lead. ButBoise State, ranked number eleven in the country, went on to win theremaining matches. Schenk, a senior from Anderson, Calif., entered thematch ranked 16th in the 174 pound weight class. With the victorySchenk has an overall record of 11-6. In the second match Wyomingfreshman Kevin Kessner lost a close decision to Cash Edwards 6-4.Edwards, ranked 7th in the country at 184, scored a takedown with 20seconds left in the match for the win. Wyoming also lost close matchesat 133, 149 and 165. Kelly McConville lost to Charlie Griggs in the 133pound match 5-3, Mark Hamrick fell to Collin Robertson 8-5 at 149 andjunior Justin Christenson lost to Luke Crockett 3-2 in the final matchof the dual.

Complete dual results:

174 - Steven Schenk (W) defeated Pat Owens (B) 5-3184 - Cash Edwards (B) defeated Kevin Kessner (W) 6-4197 - Rusty Cook (B) defeated Craig Rumsey (W) 19-3HWT - Bart Johnson (B) defeated Brad Steele (W) 11-8125 - Ben Vombauer (B) defeated John Faczak (W) 6-0133 - Charlie Griggs (B) defeated Kelly McConville (W) 5-3141 - Jesse Brock (B) defeated Paul Turco (W) 9-5149 - Collin Robertson (B) defeated Mark Hamrick (W) 8-5157 - Kirk White (B) defeated Levi Prevost (W) 11-4165 - Luke Crockett (B) defeated Justin Christenson (W) 3-2Attendance: 237

Suder's Word: The following are quotes from University of Wyoming headwrestling coach Steven Suder after the Cowboys' 29-3 loss to BoiseState: "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. I had visions ofa much closer match. There were some technical things that jumped outto me that need to be addressed. For our guys, this can make thembitter or this can make them better. Hopefully, they'll choose thelatter."

Schenk and Steele Nationally Ranked: Amateur Wrestling News releasedits latest individual rankings on Dec. 12, and two Cowboys werenationally ranked. Steven Schenk was ranked #11 in the 174 pound classand Brad Steele was #16 in the heavyweight class. Intermat released itslatest rankings on Dec. 13, and both Cowboys were ranked there as well.Schenk was #16 in the Intermat poll while Steele was #18. Schenk has anoverall record of 11-6 and Steele is 13-7. As a team Wyoming didn'treceive any votes for either poll after getting votes in the previouspolls.

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 Jan. 26,when the Cal State-Fullerton Titans come to Laramie for a dualscheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Cowboys will also host duals with PortlandState and Fresno State throughout the year. Fresno State is currentlyranked 20th in the country while Northern Iowa, who will be in Laramiefor the West Regional, is ranked 24th.