Cowboy Wrestling Inks Natrona High Standout

May 2, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head wrestling coachSteven Suder announced Thursday the signing of Michael Malone of Casper,Wyo. to a national letter of intent.

Malone just wrapped up a great career at Natrona High School where hecompiled an overall record of 106-34 as a four-year starter. He closed outhis senior season with a dominating 28-1 record and a 4A State Championshipin the 171 pound weight class. He also won the 4A 160 pound Wyoming StateChampionship his junior year. Malone is a two-time triple crown winner as hewon Wyoming state titles in high school, freestyle and greco romancompetition.

"It is a great feeling to know that I am going to be wrestling at theDivision I level," said Malone. "When I saw the Cowboys compete this year Iwas real impressed. Coach Suder showed me around and I then decided that UWwould be a good place for me."

Malone is set to compete this summer on a cultural exchange team that willtravel to Italy. He plans on studying Criminal Justice while at UW. He isson of Craig and Teresa Malone of Casper, Wyo.

"Mike has been wrestling, exclusively, for a long time," commented Cowboywrestling coach Steven Suder. "We've had a chance to watch him over the lastthree years and have seen his perseverance pay off over and over again. Hebrings a great work ethic to the table, as well as a solid background thatwill add quality depth to our upper/middle weights."