Cowboy Wrestling Signs Nebraska State Champion

July 11, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder announced Tuesday the signing of Jake Smith of Bennington, Neb., to a national letter of intent.

"With Jake deciding to become a Cowboy we take a huge step in adding some much needed depth to our upper weights and will have the luxury of grooming a guy for the near future," said Suder. "He is a very talented and highly motivated individual, who has put himself in the right situations to contribute soon. We feel he is a great fit here and are looking forward to having him as part of this program."

Smith had an outstanding career during his prep days at Bennington High School. He posted an overall record of 131-22 that included a 39-0 record and state championship at 215 pounds his senior year. The four-time state qualifier also took home the state title his junior year at 189 pounds. Just recently, Smith placed sixth at the National High School Association's Senior Nationals at 215 pounds. After his sophomore season, where he finished fourth at state, he took first at the Brute Adidas Nationals at 189 pounds.

Smith also excelled in the classroom where he posted a 3.69 GPA. He was on the honor roll, earned Academic All-State, and was a member of National Honor Society. Smith intends on majoring in Business Agriculture.

"I really like the coaching staff and the facilities Wyoming had to offer," said Smith. "It just seemed like a great fit for me in both athletics and academics."

Jake is the son of Lonnie and Paula Smith and was coached by Alan Pokorny in high school. He will look to wrestle at 197 pounds next season for the Cowboys.