High School Wrestling Recruiting

The Week in Recruiting: How Bout Them Wyoming Cowboys

Image courtesy of the Wyoming Cowboy Wrestling Facebook page.

When you’re talking about “The Cowboys” in connection with Big 12 wrestling, more often than not, people may think you are referring to the John Smith-led Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys of Stillwater have amassed an NCAA-best 34 national titles and are currently the nine-time reigning Big 12 Tournament team champs.

But, the other Big 12 Cowboys, the Wyoming Cowboys, are the squad making headlines this past week for their successes on the recruiting circuit.

On Tuesday, June 8, Mark Branch and the Wyoming Cowboy wrestling program added two Class of 2022 FloWrestling big boarders in a pair of Baylor School (Chattanooga, TN) teammates, Garrison Dendy and David Harper, in what was a rare joint commitment.

The pair will go on to be teammates once again at the next level in Laramie.
Then, just three days later, on June 11, Jore Volk, another consensus top-80 prep out of Minnesota (Class of 2022), pledged to be a Wyoming Cowboy alongside fellow recruits and future teammates Dendy and Harper.

Earlier this year, Volk became the first Lakeville North wrestler to win back-to-back state championships. In 2020 Volk took the MSHSL title at 106 pounds and followed up with a 2021 MHSHL state title at 120 pounds. In 2019, as a freshman, he was a state runner-up. In total, Volk is 119-6 in high school competition over the last three seasons.

Volk was a USA Wrestling Cadet National Champion in both freestyle and Greco in 2019 as well.

The moves represent an excellent week in recruiting for an already talented Wyoming squad. Wyoming turned some heads with a strong showing at the 2021 Big 12 Championships, finishing fourth and placing four in the conference finals matches.

This trio will add some great depth to the lineup.

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