LARAMIE, Wyo. (July 18, 2018) â€“ The Wyoming Wrestling Regional Training Center (WWRTC) is coming off a big weekend with four incoming Cowboys competing in the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, N.D. Incoming freshman Tate Samuelson highlighted the group finishing fourth with an impressive 8-2 record. The four grapplers combined for 19 wins at the tournament.
â€œIt is the toughest tournament in the country in that age group with the number of wrestlers competing,â€ UW head coach Mark Branch said.Â â€œI saw a lot of good things from the guys and some things we can develop when practice starts. â€œ
The quartet of wrestlers represented their home states in the event, but have been training in Laramie for the last month.
Samuelson, a native of Castle Rock, Colo., defeated numerous ranked wrestlers on his way to the fourth place finish. He opened the tournament with three-straight victories at 182 pounds.
Chase Zollman, a native of Poway, Calif., was 5-2 on the weekend wrestling at 138 pounds. Jacob Greenwood, a native of Livermore, Colo., went 4-2 for the tournament competing at 152 pounds. Gillette native Trevor Jefferies wrestled at 145 pounds and finished the weekend sporting a 2-2 record.
â€œAfter this weekend Iâ€™m excited to get these guys in the room full time and work on some things I saw over the weekend,â€ Branch said. â€œIt was a great experience that will help them in the future.â€
Wyoming finished 17th in last seasonâ€™s NCAA Championship, which was the highest under head coach Mark Branch.