Branch Adds Colorado Standout Sam Turner

April 22, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming wrestling program and head coach Mark Branch added another talented wrestler from the State of Colorado on Friday. Sam Turner, a native of Colorado Springs will join the Cowboys next season.

“Sam (Turner) is a very tough competitor,” Branch said. “I like the fact that he is very talented on top and that is a special skill that will translate well to collegiate wrestling.”

An anchor of the Discovery Canyon High School wrestling team, Turner won three-straight state championships. He became the 100th wrestler from the state of Colorado to accomplish that feat. Turner won a state title this past season at 138 pounds after winning the crown at 132 pounds in 2015 and 120 pounds in 2014. He projects to wrestle at 141 pounds for the Pokes.

Turner was also seen as one of the top wrestlers in the nation being ranked 16th at 138 pounds by Intermat Wrestlling. He went 41-2 during his senior season on his way to being named The Colorado Springs Gazette Lower Weights Wrestler of the Year. Turner also had an impressive record his junior season posting a 33-1 mark.

“He comes from a great family and has outstanding character, which is always important to the foundation of our program,” Branch said.

Turner joins four other signees in Montorie Bridges, Jaron Jensen, Hunter Mullins and Trent Olson.