May 11, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
An already skilled Wyoming Cowboy Wrestling recruiting class became even more talent-laden today when UW head coach Mark Branch announced that four additional prep wrestlers have signed national letters of intent to wrestle for the `Pokes beginning in the 2010-11 season.
The Wyoming program now has a total of 10 current high school seniors who have signed on the dotted line to attend UW and wrestle for the Cowboys this fall.
Newly signed additions to the Wyoming team include Leland Pfeifer (Hulett, Wyo.), Joe Raygor (Dresser, Wis.), Robert Stroh (Harlem, Mont.) and Tommy Thoman (Green River, Wyo.).
"We needed to increase our depth with some very good quality kids and that is exactly what we did," Branch said. "I would have never guessed last summer when we started to recruit this year's class that we would be able to fill the needs of our roster and add this level of talent. I feel very good about taking care of our immediate needs and I truly believe this class can carry Wyoming to the next level."
Leland Pfeifer will come to UW from Hulett, Wyo. where he was a three-time Wyoming High School State Champion. He wrestled for Hulett High School at the 2A level and won his state championship bracket as a senior, junior and sophomore at 215 pounds. He finished third as a freshman at 189 pounds. A multi-sport athlete, Pfeifer was also named All-State for three years in football and was a Wyoming State Champion in the shot put for Hulett's track and field team. He is expected to fit into the UW lineup at 197 pounds or heavyweight.
Joe Raygor hails from the state of Wisconsin and was a two-time high school state champion for St. Croix Falls. After going undefeated and winning the D2 state crown at 171 pounds both his junior and senior season, he now holds his school's all-time record for most wins on the mat with a mark of 167-9. A 2009 National Folkstyle Champion and runner-up at the 2009 FILA Nationals, Raygor was also a three-time All-American in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle. He competed in football and weightlifting for St. Croix Falls, and was named all-conference four times on the gridiron, three times on defense and once on offense. For UW Wrestling, Raygor should factor into the mix at 165 or 174 pounds.
Robert Stroh won three wrestling state championships in Montana at Chinook High School. His senior year he was undefeated at 39-0 en route to a Class `C' state title at 160 pounds. As a junior, Stroh won state at 152 pounds and he took the title at 145 pounds as a sophomore. He was runner-up as a freshman at 135. Stroh was named the 2009 Outstanding Montana High School Wrestler for the Northern Division. He placed third at the 2010 Reno World Championships and was the 2008 Rocky Mountain Nationals Triple Crown Winner. Stroh lettered four times in football for Chinook H.S. and twice in track. His anticipated weight class at the college level in wrestling will be either 157 or 165.
Tommy Thoman, a Green River, Wyo. product, is a three-time state place winner for Green River High School at the Wyoming 4A Tournament. This past year, Thoman was runner-up at 189 pounds. He also placed third during his junior year in the 171-pound weight class and fifth as a sophomore at 152. Thoman is expected to wrestle collegiately at 184 pounds.
Joining the afore-mentioned four signees on the Cowboy squad next fall will be six additional high school state champions who all inked with the Wyoming program this past December. Michael Hamel (Gilbert, Ariz.), Cody Mansur (Clackamas, Ore.), Andrew McCulley (Rock Springs, Wyo.), Brandon Richardson (Rathdrum, Idaho), Shane Woods (Tuttle, Okla.) and Zach Zehner (Tomahawk, Wis.) will also wear UW's brown and gold singlets on the mat in 2010-11.