Cheyenne, WY-KGWN-East High School had two athletes sign a letter of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers at the next level.
Brody Cress, the 3-time state wrestling champ, is leaving his singlet and head gear behind for a cowboy hat and a saddle.
"It's what I've been doing since I was little. My parents put me in wrestling to become a better cowboy in rodeo and stuff. Also, I just feel like, I like rodeo a lot more than I do wrestling." Cress said in an interview Wednesday.
He will attend Tarelton State University in Stephanville, Texas on a rodeo scholarship. He had universities like Laramie County Community College and Sheridan College out of Wyoming going after him. A few out of state programs recruited him but he chose Tarelton because of location and academics.
"I just like Tarelton because the central location for rodeo. That's what they do down there is rodeo. It's warm and also the school is really good academically. I will be able to get a really good degree there so I wanted to focus on that too with the school I was choosing that's why I chose Tarelton." said Cress
His main event will be saddle bronc but will give bulldogging a try. He thinks his wrestling experience will help him a lot when it comes to dogging. He plans to major in Ag Business while at Tarelton State.
"It's really exciting. It's like a new chapter to my whole new life." Mackenzie Drake of the East girls soccer team is moving on to Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.
She will be 9 hours from Cheyenne but will be close to relatives since some of her family lives close to Des Moines.
"Iowa is where all of my family is from. So, it's close to family. And it's just...I just like Iowa." Drake said after signing her L.O.I.
She is happy to get this signing out of the way so she can concentrate on helping East win another state title.
"It's a gigantic stress off my shoulders. It's like the world has been lifted now that I finally decided. It is just really exciting because I can do what I love right now and I know that I have something to look forward to next year as well." Drake said.
She told KGWN Sports that she will have to buy a whole new wardrobe since Grand View's colors are the same as the Thunderbirds' main rival Cheyenne Central. The only shirt with red in it that she owns is the one she wore when she signed her Letter Of Intent. She will major in either Biology or Exercise Science in hope of being a physical therapist after college.
The full interviews with Brody and Mackenzie are posted above.