Wyoming Wrestling Program Signs Blake Gunter

May 15, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head wrestlingcoach Steven Suder has announced the signing of Blake Gunter ofNorthwest Junior College in Powell, Wyo., to a nationalletter-of-intent.

Gunter comes to Wyoming after placing third at the Junior CollegeNational Tournament at 141 pounds this past season. Gunter had anoverall record of 31-4 as a sophomore. As a freshman at NorthwestCollege Gunter placed fourth at nationals. As a team captain Gunter ledthe Northwest team to a tie for 5th place this season and an 8th placefinish in 2000. Gunter was also Region IX Champion in his weight classeach year at Northwest. Aside from being a two-time JC All-AmericanGunter was also a member of the Academic All-American team.

In high school Gunter wrestled at Green River High School in GreenRiver, Wyo. At Green River Gunter was a State Champion at 130 pounds asa senior. He placed second his junior and freshman years and was thirdas a sophomore. The Green River team won the State ChampionshipGunter's freshman and sophomore years and placed second when he was ajunior and third when he was a senior. He was a three-time All-Stateand All-Conference performer for head coach Bill Hodges. Gunter alsowon over 100 matches in high school.

At the University of Wyoming Gunter plans on studying physicaleducation. He is the son of Rudy and Sandee Gunter. He was alsorecruited by Oklahoma State, Northern Iowa and Clarion (Pa) out ofjunior college.

"We've obviously been able to watch Blake for several years now andhave been more and more impressed with his ability and his maturity eachyear," said Suder. "It excites us to have one of Wyoming's own pursuehis goals here. This will be an ideal situation for him. When you adda guy like Blake to your program that comes in with the background hecomes in with, it raises the standard for everybody. Having beencoached by Jim Zeigler and Bill Hodges it's hard to find a betterbackground than Blake has."

"I had an excellent trip to Wyoming," said Gunter. "I know some of theguys on the team. I wrestled with Justin Salas (Wyoming freshman) forthree years in high school, so that helped. I just felt comfortablethere and it was the best decision for me to make."

"I'm really excited that Blake decided on Wyoming," said Northwest headcoach Jim Zeigler. "He's a great kid and is ready for the challenge ofDivision I wrestling. He has really matured in his two years here andis a good fit for coach Suder's program. This is also great for ourprogram and hopefully we can get more kids to follow Blake to Laramie inthe future."