Cowboy Wrestling Team Signs Three Student-Athletes

May 25, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head wrestlingcoach Steven Suder announced on Thursday that he has signed threestudent-athletes to scholarships. The three new signees are Richard andSteve Cordova of Ogden, Utah, and E.K. Waldhaus of Pueblo, Colo.

Richard Cordova is projected to wrestle at the 133 or 141-poundweight classifications for the Cowboys. He won two Utah State Championshipsat 130 pounds while wrestling for Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah.During his four-year high school career, he posted a 130-14 (.903) record.His last two years of high school, Cordova amassed an amazing 69-3 (.958)record. He also captured second place at the National High School WrestlingChampionships in Pittsburgh, Pa., which features only high school seniorswho've earned their way to the state finals. A high school All-American, hewas coached in high school by Wade Discher. The son of Melinda and StevenCordova of Ogden, Utah, he was also recruited by Arizona State and BoiseState.

"You can tell by Richard's (Cordova) accomplishments that he's avery seasoned competitor," said UW head coach Steve Suder. "He has beensuccessful at every level he's competed at -- from state tournaments, toregional championships, to the national finals, where he just placed second.We think that even as a freshman, he will bring a lot of competitivematurity to our lower weights."

Steve Cordova will join his younger brother Richard on the Wyomingsquad. He is projected to compete at the 125-pound weight classificationfor Wyoming. He wrestled this past season at Northwestern University inEvanston, Ill., where he was a starter throughout his freshman season. Hecomes to Wyoming with three years of eligibility and a redshirt yearavailable to him. Cordova amassed a 149-11 (.931) high school record on hisway to winning three individual Utah State Championships and three state MVPhonors. He was also a high school All-American at Wasatch High School inHeber City, Utah, and was coached by Wade Discher. He is the son of Melindaand Steven Cordova of Ogden, Utah.

"Having Steve (Cordova) decide to join his brother Richie here atWyoming is an extra treat for us," said Suder. "I'm all for keeping thosebrothers together. Steve is every bit as accomplished as Richie is. Havingstarted as a freshman at a Big Ten school is a big feather in his cap. Weanticipate Steve bringing a great deal of experience and competitiveness toour program."

E.K. Waldhaus is projected to wrestle at the 174-pound weightclassification in college. He was a two-time Colorado State Champion -- at160 pounds as a junior and at 171 pounds as a senior. Waldhaus posted aperfect 36-0 record as a high school senior. He compiled a three-year highschool record of 84-13 (.866), while wrestling for head coach Jerry Sisnerosat Pueblo South High School. Waldhaus helped lead Pueblo South to asecond-place finish at state as a junior and a 10th-place finish his seniorseason. He also captured third-place at the Cadet World Team Trials inMarch of 1999. In addition to being a three-year starter in wrestling, healso was a 1,000-yard rusher in football and ran on his high school trackteam. The son of Beverly Graham, he was also recruited by Northern Coloradoand Tennessee-Chattanooga.

"We've seen E.K. (Waldhaus) wrestle a number of times in differentsituations," said Suder. "We saw him at the Colorado State Championshipsand here in Laramie at the Rocky Mountain Regional tournament. He's had theopportunity to benefit from some excellent coaching and some excellenttraining partners. E.K. seems to be the type of individual, who once heputs his mind to something, he's going to reach his goal. He is a reallysolid athlete, and he'll bring a great deal of athleticism to our upperweights."