UW Grapplers Excited to Get Recruits on the Mat

Sept. 11, 2003


UW head coach Steven Suder and his coaching staff areeager for the 2003-04 season to get started. The Pokessigned six wrestlers during their off season recruiting, who will battle for mat time this season for Wyoming.

Wyoming wrestlingsignee Carter Downing of Evanston, Wyo., who committed tothe Cowboy wrestling program last fall, took second place at the 2003 Junior National Freestyle Wrestling Tournament, held July 24-26th in Fargo, N.D. Downing was ranked ninth in the country going into the largest youth tournament in the world competing in the 140 pound weight class.

Danny Clum, Arvada, Colo.
Clum took home the Colorado state title in the 145 poundweight class his junior season at Pomona High School in2001. He posted a career record of 127-13 during his fouryears of varsity wrestling at Pomona. He was a three-time Colorado State Freestyle Champion and is projected to help the Cowboys in the 165 pound weight class.

Carter Downing, Evanston, Wyo.
Downing has compiled a record of 105-16 in his three yearsof varsity wrestling for the Evanston Red Devils. He won the5A Wyoming state championship this past season and is an Governor's Award winner for Wyoming's Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Ryan Kotzea, Aberdeen, S.D.
Kotzea was a two-time South Dakota state champion in the heavyweight division while attending Aberdeen Central High School. Kotzea recorded three consecutive 30-win seasons and finished his career with an outstanding 97-9 record. He also placed second at the 2003 High School Senior National Wrestling Tournament and finished the season ranked seventh in the country.

Mike Malone, Casper, Wyo.
Malone just wrapped up a great career at Natrona High School where he was a two-time state champion and compiled an overall record of 106-34 as a four-year starter. Malone is a two-time triple crown winner as he won Wyoming state titles in high school, freestyle and greco roman competition.

Dustin Rock, Morgan, Utah
Rock was an outstanding wrestler at Morgan High School wherehe won the Utah state championship in the 119 pound weight class his senior season. He also was a finalist at the Utah State Wrestling Tournament his junior, sophomore and freshman seasons. Rock joins the Cowboy wrestling program after completing an LDS church mission.

Remington Trabing, Laramie, Wyo.
Trabing won the Wyoming 4A 152 pound title his senior season after recording a perfect 43-0 season. He also was a state champions his freshman season competing in the 103 pound weight class. Over his four years at Laramie High School, Trabing won a school record 134 matches, losing only 17.