Second In-State Wrestler to Join UW Program

May 20, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder has announced the signing of Jonathan Rosas, of Kemmerer High School, to a national letter of intent.

Rosas comes to UW as a two-time Wyoming State Champion at heavyweight, posting a 72-3 record his final two seasons of high school competition. He was undefeated his senior season with a 35-0 record.

The past two years Rosas has earned the title of Wyoming Triple Crown Winner at heavyweight, as he has been the state champion in high school, freestyle and greco-roman competition. He won a total of 12 tournaments during his high school career, is a nine-time Wyoming State Greco-Roman Champion, a six-time Wyoming State Freestyle Champion, was named a National Freestyle All-American in 1997 and won his weight class in both freestyle and greco-roman at the 1997 Western Regionals.

"It is really a feather in the cap of Wyoming wrestling to have signed a quality guy like Jon," said Suder. "He and his family are Wyoming through and through, and I can't imagine a more natural fit. We are anxious to get him plugged into the program and to see him continue his success here in Laramie."

Rosas was also an excellent high school football player, seeing action on both the offensive and defensive line, as he earned All-State and All-Conference honors his senior season. Jonathan was Student Body Vice President as a senior and was active in the Catholic Youth Organization.

While at UW, Rosas plans on pursuing a degree in education, with hopes of teaching and coaching upon graduation. He is the son of John and Kathleen Rosas.

"I have always dreamed of wrestling for UW," said Rosas. "I'm just very glad to be a Cowboy. I really like the coaching staff, and after attending their summer camp last year I was pretty much hooked."

With the addition of Rosas, the UW wrestling program brings it's number of signees to five this year. Also joining the Cowboy team this fall are Kevin Kessner of Rock Springs, Sean Wear of Choctaw, Okla., Matt Westenfelder of Nine Mile Falls, Wash. and Levi Provost of Sidney, Mont.