July 25, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's wrestling squad for the 2008-09 season has garnered yet another recognition for their incoming recruiting class. The Cowboys have been ranked 11th in the nation for the second time, most recently by the highly respected Intermat.com. The first came by W.I.N magazine in May.
"We are thrilled to get recognized by yet another highly touted organization like Intermat.com," UW assistant coach Ben VomBaur said. "We are anxious about getting these guys onto campus next month and beginning training. We are excited about the future of Cowboy wrestling."
Before longtime grappling head coach Steven Suder resigned after a decorated 19 year career, he assembled one of the best recruiting classes in Wyoming history. The class includes Eric Jones (149-157) of Auburn, Wash., who is ranked seventh in the nation, and L.J. Helbig (184-197) of Mason, Mich. Idaho 215-pounders Jacob Scharbrough, of Weiser High, is ranked eighth and Alfonso Hernandez, of Blackfoot High, is ranked 11th. These four have combined for five state crowns and will add some much needed depth to the Cowboys middle and heavyweight classes.
Add eight state championships to the Cowboys in Jimmy Eggemeyer (125/133) of Kodiak, Alaska, Jared Hatley (141-149) of Torrington, Wyo., Kasey Garnhart (133-141) of Basin, Wyo. and Laramie native Michael Poulos (184) and you have a solid recruiting class.
This year's recruiting class ranks above every Pac 10 School and several Big Ten and Big 12 schools including national powerhouses Nebraska, Boise State, Ohio State and Missouri.
All eight student-athletes will enroll at Wyoming for the 2008 fall semester.