Wyoming wins eight out of 10 matches in dual versus Utah Valley
Cowboys' dramatic win was their first-ever against powerful Sooners program
Senior wrestler among seven Pokes to place in prestigious event
Wyoming will head to Nebraska for first dual of the season
LeBlanc is named tournament's most outstanding wrestler
2011-12: Hamel experienced a trying redshirt freshman season, going 10-13 overall. However, he did place in two tournaments, including finishing fifth in the Kearney Open and second in the Nebraska-Kearney Loper Open. He had three major decisions and hung tough with seventh-ranked Kendric Maple of Oklahoma in a 6-1 loss in the UW-OU dual in January.
2010-11: Hamel redshirted the season, but showed his potential while wrestling at 141 pounds in open tournaments. He went 21-9 overall with a 7-2 record against the WWC and two major decisions.
Hamel opened with a 2-2 mark at the Northwest Open, before reeling off five-straight wins to take the title at the Cowboy Open. He followed with a fourth-place showing at the Kaufman-Brand Open and sixth at the UNK Loper Open with a combined 8-5 record at the events. He ended his season by finishing second at the Utah Valley Open and third at the Rocky Mountain Open.
High School: After placing fifth as a freshman and third as a sophomore, Hamel was the 2009 Arizona State 5A High School Champion at 130 pounds for Mesquite High School as a junior. He then went on to go undefeated as a senior and win his second state title as a senior, this time at 140 pounds. Hamel was an Arizona National Team member in 2008 and was an All-State selection as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Personal: Hamel was born in Gillette, Wyo., on Aug. 12, 1992. His mother is Gina Gagich and his father is Wyoming's all-time pins leader Mike Hamel. The elder Hamel lettered at UW from 1983-86, was a two-time WAC champion and had 61 career pins. Hamel is a communications major at UW.
Career record: 10-13 (0 falls)