Cowboy Wrestling Inks Three State Champions

June 7, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder announced this week the signing of Michael Martinez, Clay Sondgeroth, and Jacob West to national letters of intent. All three will attend UW and wrestle for the Cowboys this fall.

Martinez, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., was a two-time state champion in high school. His junior year he won the title at 112 pounds and followed that up with another championship at 119 pounds his senior year. He also placed fourth during his freshman year at 103 pounds and then finished third his sophomore year at 112 pounds. Michael is the son of Joseph and Barbara Martinez and will look to compete at 125 pounds next year for the Pokes.

"Michael may be one of the most `seasoned' guys we have ever recruited," said Suder. "Having had a very successful high school career will bring a maturity and a focus that we believe will have an immediate, positive affect on our program."

Sondgeroth, a native of Thayne, Wyo., was a two-time state champion at Star Valley High School. He is coming off a senior year where he won the state title at 145 pounds. His sophomore year he also earned the top honor at 125 pounds, while his junior year he finished second at 135 pounds. To go along with his athletic abilities, Sondgeroth also managed to maintain a 3.75 GPA in the classroom. Clay is the son of Jim and Sheila Sondgeroth and was coached by Eddie Clark in high school. He will look to help the Cowboys in the middle weights next season.

"Clay comes to us from one of the best programs in the state, year in and year out," said Suder. "He has had good coaching and has been influenced by a family who have been around the sport for a long time. We are looking forward to watching his talent, work ethic and his character contribute to this program."

West, of Boise, Idaho, was a three-time place winner at the state tournament while attending Borah High School. His senior year he won state at 135 pounds with a 46-4 record. Both his junior his junior year (130 pounds) and sophomore year (119 pounds) he finished in second place. Jacob is the son of Bill and Pamela West and will look compete at 141 pounds next year for Wyoming.

"Jacob is a highly motivated, very successful guy that we are really looking forward to having as part of our program," said Suder. "He knows how to train and knows the commitment it takes to be successful. He comes from a great family and a really good high school program that we feel has prepared him well for the next level."