Wyoming Wrestlers Place High in Prestigious Tournament
Nov. 17, 2007
OMAHA, Neb. -
Cowboy senior Carter Downing, sophomore Cory VomBaur and freshman Shane Onufer all placed at the University of Nebraska Omaha Kaufman-Brand Open held at the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse Saturday night. Downing and VomBaur took second place while Onufer finished third.
"We made some real progress today at a very tough tournament," UW head coach Steven Suder said. "We had some guys that didn't win a match last weekend wrestle very well and make some noise in this tournament."
The Kaufman-Brand Open, the largest one-day collegiate tournament in the nation, features 40 teams including Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern, all of which are ranked in the top 14 in the country.
Downing, a senior from Woodruff, Utah, won his first two matches by major decision and his third 9-4 to advance to the championship round. He faced senior Manuel Rivera from the University of Minnesota and lost 9-8 in overtime. Rivera is ranked 9th in the nation and the University of Minnesota is currently ranked number one in the nation.
VomBaur, a sophomore from Vancouver, Wash., won his first three matches by decision to earn a spot in the championship round. VomBaur faced Joey Slaton from the University of Iowa (4th in the nation) for the championship, but lost by a defensive fall at the 3:10 mark.
True freshman Shane Onufer continued to wrestle well for Wyoming going 4-1, taking third place. Onufer won three of his matches by major decision and pinned Kody Koster of Buena Vista at the 1:46 mark.
"We are wrestling some of the best competition in the nation and we are having success," Suder continued. "That is a very promising sign for our team."
"We made real progress today and that will continue to happen for us," Suder said. "There is a light at the end of the tunnel and our team continues to improve through each match. Now we have to go back to work and get ready for next week."
The Cowboys will return to action next Saturday, November 30, as they head to Las Vegas to compete in the Cliff Keen Invitational. Competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time.