Athlete of the Week Archive

Jan. 25, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week



Shane Onufer


Why did you choose the University of Wyoming?
"I had been talking back and forth to the coaches at Oregon State and here at Wyoming. It was December of my senior year and Wyoming offered me a big scholarship, which was exciting but I had never been to Wyoming. They brought me out on a recruiting trip and showed me a real great time, not to mention the facilities were top notch. I couldn't say no."

What is your favorite thing to do in Laramie?
"My favorite things to do in Laramie is get the guys together and go out shooting prairie dogs, and exploring around in our trucks. Basically just getting out of town and having fun."

What are your goals for this season?
"I'm bringing home hardware this season from the NCAA tourney, that's all I care about."

If you did not wrestle what sport would you want to play?
"If I had the size, probably football."

Do you have any specific pre-match rituals you go through?
"I always get a good drill in and go some live takedowns to get my heart rate up and good and warm. I don't listen to music anymore but I do like a good slap in the face from coach to wake me up and get the fire burning."

What is something most people don't know about you?
"I have been commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay, Ak. in the summers since I was 16. In the last five years my boat has caught around 1.5 million pounds of salmon."

What is one of the most memorable moments you have of the Cowboy wrestling team?
"One of my favorite moments was this year when I was crowned the outstanding wrestler at the Reno TOC. They gave me a giant gold ring that looks like a super bowl ring and I had never won something like that, so it was very cool for me. On top of that we the team title over Boise so it couldn't get much better."

What is your favorite weight class to wrestle?
"My favorite weight to wrestle is 165, it fits me the best. I'd wrestle 125 if they let me but that's not very realistic."

What do you think is the hardest part about being a wrestler?
"The wrestling practices"

Jessica Alba or Megan Fox?
"Ah that's tough but Jessica Alba is the winner."

If you could be on any reality show what would it be?
"Deadliest Catch"

Batman or Superman?
"Superman for sure. Batman just has gadgets, superman has the power."

What is your favorite thing to eat when you are not cutting weight?
"I love QDOBA burritos"