Gorsuch signs with EWC

TORRINGTON – Gering High School senior Taydom Gorsuch signed to continue his education and rodeo career at Eastern Wyoming College on Tuesday morning.

Gorsuch will team rope and steer wrestle for the Lancers next fall.

“It feels really good. It feels like I’ve put in a lot of work for this,” Gorsuch said. “This is my dream to come to the next level and rodeo for Whit (Peterson) and EWC.”

Gorsuch is the son of EWC alum and two-time world champion steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch, and rodeo is a family affair.

“My dad really inspired me to do this,” Taydom said.

Dean added, “It’s a dream come true for me. It’s better than anything I’ve ever done. My wife is the biggest part of this all. Every time Taydom runs a steer, she’s running the chute. This a family deal. We are just thankful.”

Taydom will follow in his father’s footsteps. Dean graduated from Eastern Wyoming in 1998 before winning steer wrestling world championships in 2006 and 2010. He also was a welding instructor at EWC from 2016-19.

Because of the family connection, Taydom has been around the sport of rodeo all his life.

“It’s been wild. A lot of running around sometimes, and I love the journey and the effort you put into it,” he said. “I’ve made so many new friends in steer wrestling. I love the excitement when I back into the box and when I make a good run.”

In addition to rodeo, he also wrestled and played football for the Gering Bulldogs, but with those sports in the rear-view mirror, he can now focus on the remainder of the high school rodeo season, which resumes April 29 in Nebraska.

Gorsuch is currently sitting in the Nebraska state steer wrestling standings as he eyes a return trip to the National High School Finals Rodeo this summer.

“I want to catch every steer, and I want to place at every high school rodeo this year,” Taydom said. “I want to go win state and finish what I did last year and win the world.”

First-year coach Whit Peterson is excited to have another Gorsuch join the EWC rodeo team.

“I’ve known the Gorsuch family for a while, and obviously, the linage has been great with Dean,” EWC coach Whit Peterson said. “I was really excited when I got the opportunity to recruit Taydom. He’s an all-around athlete inside the arena and outside the arena. You know he’s going to compete a high level and give it 110%.”

Gorsuch is undecided on a major at this time and becomes one of an expected 18-19 incoming freshmen for the Lancer program for next fall.