RAWLINS — A new powerhouse could be being built in Wyoming wrestling, and it’s right here in Carbon County.
Rawlins USA Wrestling was also in attendance at the USA Wyoming Wrestling State Tournament on April 13 in Casper and saw just as much success as fellow city team, RawTown Elite.
“I think we continue to grow every year,” Rawlins USA Wrestling head coach Kurt Torstenbo said. “We get more kids at state and more kids in the finals every year.”
Like RawTown Elite head coach Noah Baker, Torstenbo noticed that if the two teams were one, they would’ve made some real noise in the tournament and potentially even won it all as a unit. But that doesn’t take away from what they did as Rawlins USA.
The club put a number of people on the podium, with seven placing first.
The crosser between the two clubs, Zachary Covolo, took the triple crown, winning freestyle, folkstyle and greco in schoolboy 83.
Along with the triple crown recipient, the club had an innovator in the sport.
Brinley Green obtained gold medals in freestyle in schoolgirls 127 and folkstyle in schoolgirl 110.
Torstenbo said women’s wrestling is a growing sport, and Green is opening the door for its young ladies in the county.
“I hope she leads the way for female wrestling in Rawlins,” Torstenbo said.
Sage Lonn and Jacob Parker each took two golds. Lonn grabbed first in freestyle and folkstyle in Novice 82, while Parker won his gold in freestyle and greco.
Colton Parker (Intermediate 120) and Brayden Torstenbo (Novice 70) made their way to the top of the podium in freestyle, and Hans Newby found first in folkstyle. A number of their teammates took top six in their respective classes.
The wrestling season is long and tough for these young athletes, but Torstenbo said he sets the precedent early for what they must do if they want to see those results.
“There’s no real substitution for hard work,” he said. “We try to make sure athletes get to the top. That’s what you have to do.”
With the state tournament in the books, the season is over for the majority of the wrestlers.
While Torstenbo said that this time is good for the athletes who are not going on to regionals to get involved in other sports and get to enjoy being a normal, everyday kid, the work never ends.
“It still continues on,” he said. “It never ends.”