July 10, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
An incoming freshman class with national credentials has earned the University of Wyoming Cowboy wrestling program three additional top-20 rankings from media organizations close to the sport.
D1CollegeWrestling.net, InterMat and TheOpenMat.com have each recently released their top-25 recruiting class rankings for the 2009-10 season, and UW was mentioned in all three.
TheOpenMat.com ranked the Cowboys at No. 15, D1CollegeWrestling.net placed Wyoming at No. 16 and InterMat had the `Pokes in their No. 20 slot. UW was the only Western Wrestling Conference school ranked in any of the three listings.
These are not the first recruiting commendations for Wyoming, as earlier this summer the Cowboy program has was tabbed as having the 13th best incoming recruiting class in the nation according to W.I.N. Magazine.
Jimmy Belleville of Tumwater, Wash., Tyler Cox from Gillette, Wyo., Jake Eitzen of Estes Park, Colo., and Patrick Martinez from Hemet, Calif. are all incoming freshmen who signed National Letters of Intent to wrestle for the Cowboys.
Kyle Komata, Woodinville, Wash., is another newcomer who will bolster the Wyoming line-up this fall. He was undefeated as a high school senior en route to a Washington 4A state title.
Belleville, who is expected to wrestle in college at 149 or 157 pounds, and Cox (125) both are four-time high school state champions. Eitzen (133), Komata (125/133) and Martinez (165/174) each have high school state titles to their credit as well.
All five student-athletes will join the `Pokes for the 2009-10 season.