Rocky Mountain High School wrestling coach Josh Collins got an early look at his team at a tournament held in Powell on Friday and Saturday and he said he likes what he saw, especially from some of the freshmen who are wrestling for the first time.
Freshman Triston Rusch placed fourth in the 160-pound class in the JV bracket after going 5-2 at the tournament.
“It was excellent and fun to watch a young wrestler like Triston go hard the entire time,” said Collins.
Freshman Brian Crawford showed great promise, as well, after placing second in the varsity 106-pound class with a 3-1 record.
“Although he lost his last match, he did really great otherwise,” said Collins. “We could see how physical he is during practice and that’s why we put him varsity right away. We feel he did extremely well against this competition. Placing in varsity as a freshman is pretty hard to beat.”
Freshman Connor Holzworth also wrestled in the tournament in the 182-pound class. Collins said coaches are working with Holzworth on techniques and as he improves his skills they expect to see him make progress.
Sophomore Dylan North won a match in the 152-pound class. This is his second year of wrestling and Collins said he is seeing a lot of improvement already.
Sophomore Mike Bowman is also wrestling for his second year. He wrestled 3-2 in the tournament.
“One thing I like about him is that he gets pretty physical on the mat,” said Collins. “I see a lot of improvement already and expect to see a lot more out of him this year.”
Sophomore Shay Bond wrestled in the very competitive 138-pound class.
“This is a very competitive weight class and we are working with him on his technique so he is better prepared for that,” said Collins. “He also goes really hard the whole time and that’s a good thing to see in a young wrestler.”
Ian Davidson wrestled for his second season in the 160-pound class. Davidson is the only wrestler from Burlington.
“He worked very hard in a tough weight class,” said Collins. “We are continuing to work with him on perfecting his technique and we are seeing a lot of improvement already. He’s also one of the most fun kids to be around and we really enjoy having him on the team.”
The team’s captain, Tyler Lindquist, wrestled in the 138-pound class. Collins noted that although Lindquist had an extremely good day on Friday, winning all three of his matches, he had a pretty bad day on Saturday, which hurt his chances for placing in the tournament.
“It happens,” said Collins. “Sometimes wrestlers just have a bad day. He actually beat the kid who placed third on the first day, which I think shows huge potential.”
Next up, the team will travel to Shoshone for a dual meet on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.
“We should have a few more wrestlers out for this tournament and we’re planning to see good things happen,” said Collins.
By Patti Carpenter