May 14, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It didn't take long for wrestling analysts to realize how complete the 2008-09 recruiting class was for the Wyoming Cowboys this season. Wyoming earned some national respect by signing the 11th best recruiting class according to the most recent issue of W.I.N. Magazine.
"A nationally ranked recruiting class is a step in the right direction and a taste of things to come for this program," interim head coach Ben VomBaur said. "Our staff worked very hard to sign guys that are a good fit for the Wyoming Wrestling Team and it looks to be the best recruiting class in several years."
Before longtime grappling head coach Steven Suder resigned after a decorated 19 year career, he assembled one of the best recruiting classes in Wyoming history. Eric Jones (149-157) of Auburn, Wash., ranked seventh in the nation, L.J. Helbig (184-197) of Mason Mich., along with Idaho 215-pounders Jacob Scharbrough of Weiser High ranked eighth and Alfonso Hernandez of Blackfoot High ranked 11th, have combined for five state crowns and will add some much needed depth to the Cowboys middle and heavyweight classes.
Add to the Cowboys Jimmy Eggemeyer (125/133) of Kodiak, Alaska, top in-state recruits, Jared Hatley (141-149) of Torrington High, Kasey Garnhart (133-141) of Basin Riverside High and Laramie native Michael Poulos (184) who have combined to win eight state championships and you have a solid recruiting class.
"As a whole, these young men have a combination of athleticism, academics, and character," VomBaur continued. "People can expect big things on and off the mat from the University of Wyoming Wrestling program in the very near future. Coach Suder has left this program in excellent shape and has given us a great opportunity to succeed. We are grateful for everything he has done to help us take this program to the next step."
This year's recruiting class ranks above every Pac 10 School and several Big Ten and Big 12 schools including national powerhouses Nebraska, Ohio State and Missouri.
All eight student-athletes will enroll at Wyoming for the 2008 fall semester.