Nov. 20, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Recruiting efforts paid dividends Wednesday when the University of Wyoming wrestling program announced it had received commitments from five prep student-athletes to compete in 2014-15.
Wyoming coach Mark Branch announced that the five had signed a National Letter of Intent to become Cowboys. The group includes Branson Ashworth, Thomas "Sam" Eagan, Brock George, Paul "PT" Garcia and Caleb "Cub" Yaeger.
"I think we addressed some concerns in our lineup right now, which was our lighter weights," Branch said. "We're really excited that we've got some lightweight kids that we think are going to be extremely tough and good fits for our program. We also added a heavyweight, which is always good."
The five come to UW from four states across the nation, including Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma and New York.
"We like recruiting the kids in our region, Colorado and Utah, but to get another kid out of Oklahoma and to pull a kid out of New York, it keeps recruiting lines open for us in the future," Branch said. "We're excited to get some kids from different parts of the country."
Branson Ashworth, Spanish Fork, Utah (Spanish Fork HS) / 141-149 pounds
A two-time Utah state champion, he also was a runner-up as a freshman. He was a 2012 and 2013 USA Wrestling Junior National All-American in Greco-Roman, and was a 2011 NHSCA All-American.
Thomas "Sam" Eagan, Spencerport, N.Y. (Churchville-Chili HS) / Heavyweight
Eagan was fifth at the New York state championships in 2013, and finished third at the state junior freestyle competition.
Brock George, Syracuse, Utah (Syracuse HS) / 125 pounds
George was a state runner-up in 2013 at the Utah state championships. He was third at FILA Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman and sixth in 2012 in freestyle. He was fourth in freestyle and Greco in 2013 at the FILA Junior Nationals.
Paul "PT" Garcia, Lakewood, Colo. (Bear Creek HS) / 125-133 pounds
Garcia is a two-time state champion and one-time runner-up as a freshman. He was an NHSCA national champion as a sophomore and was fifth as a junior. He was a 2013 USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle runner-up and a 2013 USA Wrestling Preseason National runner-up.
Caleb "Cub" Yaeger, Locust Grove, Okla. (Locust Grove HS) / 125-133 pounds
Yaeger is a two-time Oklahoma state champion and was unbeaten as a junior. He was a Junior Greco-Roman All-American in 2012 and 2013, and the state freestyle and Greco-Roman champion both years.