April 24, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head wrestlingcoach Steven Suder has announced the signing of five student-athletes tonational letters-of-intent. Four of the five high school signees won2002 state titles in their respective weight classes. The five newsignees are Danny Clum of Arvada, Colo., Barrett Duell of Burlington,Colo, Jake Severn of Glendale, Ariz, Remington Trabing of Laramie, Wyo.,and Sam Wendland of Bozeman, Mont.
"We feel like this class of freshman, and the possible addition of acouple junior college transfers will not only compliment this team wellbut will help us to actualize our goals as a program." said Wyominghead wrestling coach Steven Suder about the five signees. "I feel wereally signed some outstanding young men who are very talentedwrestlers. They have all had impressive high school careers and knowwhat it takes to achieve a high amount of success."
The 2002 Wyoming wrestling signees are:
Pomona High School
-- Danny Clum posted a record of 127-13 (.907) during his four-years atPomona High School in Arvada, Colo., highlighted by his 44-2 juniorcampaign which culminated in a state title in the 145-pound weightclass. Clum placed third at the state championships both his sophomoreand senior seasons wrestling in Colorado's largest classification (5A).His junior and senior years Clum placed second at the prestigious RenoTournament of Champions earning All-American honors. Clum is athree-time Colorado State Freestyle Champion. He is projected towrestle at the 165-pound division. Clum was coached by Tom Beeson inhigh school. Clum was also recruited by Wisconsin.
"Danny comes from an outstanding background which has involvedcompeting in some national tournaments. He's coming from a great highschool program in Colorado which continually produces some of the betterwrestlers in the region. We are very excited that he is going to be aCowboy." Suder said.
"I'm excited to come to Wyoming, it's a great fit for me," said Clum."The coaching staff is excellent, they're a bunch of great guys who Ifeel comfortable with."
Burlington High School
-- Barrett Duell was the Colorado state 3A champion in the 130-poundweight class his senior season after compiling an overall record of23-1. During his four years at Burlington High School he amassed arecord of 128-16 (.888), earning All-State honors three times. Afour-year letterwinner, Duell was the state runner-up his junior seasonand placed third at the state tournament his freshman and sophomoreyears. At the 2002 Colorado High School Wrestling Championships he wasnamed the tournaments Most Outstanding Wrestler. Duell also lettered infootball where he was a two time All-State selection. He was also namedAll-State in academics his junior year. Duell's projected to compete ineither the 125 or 133 pound weight division. He was coached in highschool by his dad, Doug Duell. Other schools recruiting Duell were Armyand Oklahoma State.
"Barrett has a great reputation in this region as a fierce competitorand a solid individual," Suder said. "He has an exceptionalcompetitive background and will be a great addition to our program."
"The coaching staff and the group of guys at Wyoming really hit me as abunch of people I want to be around," said Duell. "Coach Suder hasreally brought some good guys to the team and I feel the program's readyto make a big turn in the next few years. I'm very excited to getthings going."
Deer Valley High School
-- Jake Severn is an outstanding athlete who was four-year letterwinnerin wrestling, track and football. He was an Arizona State Champion atDeer Valley High School his senior season in the 215 pound weightdivision after compiling a 40-2 ( .952) record. He was state runner-uphis junior season at 189 pounds. Severn is a two-time AAU wrestlingAll-American (2000, 2001) and was the AAU Grand National wrestlingFreestyle Champion in 2001. Jake's brother Drew wrestles for theCowboys and is also a member of the Wyoming football team. Severn isprojected to compete at the 197 pound division. He compiled a four-yearrecord of 101-19 (.842) while wrestling for coach Flint Swerdfeger atDeer Valley High School. Severn was also recruited by Arizona State.
"One of the most exciting things about Jake is the 'stock' he comesfrom. He comes from a long line of athletes and good people in hisfamily. It will be fun having Jake and his brother Drew in our programfor the next few years." said Suder.
"I feel very comfortable with coming to Wyoming. It's a close-knitfamily and I'm excited to be a part of that." Severn said.
Laramie High School
-- Trabing won the Wyoming State Class 4A 152-pound title his seniorseason after recording a perfect 43-0 record. He won a state title hisfreshman season wrestling at the 103-pound weight class and wasrunner-up his junior season at 140. Over his four-year high schoolcareer at Laramie High School, Trabing won a school record 134 matches,losing only 17 (.887). Trabing earned All-State honors three times. Athree-time letterwinner, Trabing also competed in football. He'sprojected to wrestle at the 149-pound weight division. Trabing wascoached in high school by Ron Whitman.
"Obviously we've had the luxury of watching Remington develop for a fewyears now. He's been a very talented wrestler throughout his highschool career who recently has bought into a style which has taken himto the next level." said Suder.
"I always wanted to be a Cowboy, there was no question where I wantedto be," Trabing said. "I really like the program and the coaches,they're all a bunch of great guys."
Bozeman High School
-- Sam Wendland is a two-time Montana State Champion in the 189-poundweight class, winning back-to-back state titles his junior and seniorseasons. Wendland amassed an impressive two-year record of 65-5 (.928)during that span. A two-time Montana state freestyle champion, Wendlandplaced fourth at the Fila Cadet National in Chicago, Ill., earningAll-American honors. Coached in high school by Tony Beardsley, Wendlandis projected to wrestle at either 184 or 197 pounds.
"Sam is an aggressive wrestler with solid technique and a great workethic. He is an extremely motivated individual who is very excited tobe wrestling for Wyoming." Suder said.
"I'm very happy with my decision to come to Wyoming," said Wendland."I really like the coaching staff and feel like I'm going to a placewhere I'll be able to grow and succeed as a wrestler."