UW Grappling Inks Two High School State Champions

May 26, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder announced Thursday the signing of Shay Lawrence of Centerville, Utah, and Nick Ramirez of Albuquerque, N.M., to national letters of intent.

Lawrence will come to Laramie with an overall high school record of 145-24 at Viewmont High School. He was a three-time Utah State Champion at three different weights and one-time third place finisher. His sophomore year he won state at 112 pounds, junior year he did it at 130 pounds, and his senior year was crowned at 135 pounds.Lawrence will intend to earn a spot at 141 pounds for the Pokes next season.

"We were really fortunate in that we got Shay kind of late," said Suder. "Once we met and he came out to visit, it just seemed like a natural fit and I can not wait to include Shay and his family into ours."

Lawrence also performed well in the classroom where he maintained a 3.2 GPA and was a member of his high school's honor roll. He is the youngest of four sons of Rod and Cyndi Lawrence. Lawrence was coached in high school by Bart Thompson.

"I was attracted to the great athletic and academic support available at UW," said Lawrence. "The most exciting thing about becoming a Cowboy is starting my college career and achieving my goal to become an All-American wrestler at UW."

Ramirez comes to Wyoming with a very qualified resume. He is a three-time New Mexico State Champion at Rio Rancho High School, where he posted an overall record of 158-13. He won two titles at 125 pounds his junior and senior years, and the other his freshman year at103 pounds. Ramirez was named New Mexico's Wrestler of the Year in2005 and a part of the state's "Dream Team" at 125 pounds. He was a team captain and was a two-time recipient of the team's Hardest Worker Award. In the March 2005 edition of USA Wrestling Magazine, he was ranked 15th in the nation at 125 pounds. He will look to compete for some time at 125 pounds next season for the Pokes.

"Nick is a pretty seasoned competitor and will add some quality depth to our lower weights," said Suder. "He comes from a great high school program and UW seems like a good fit for his academic and athletic future."

Ramirez held a 3.25 GPA in high school and looks to major in Agricultural Engineering. He is the son of Charles and Rosalie Ramirez and was coached in high school by Dennis Friedland.