Memorable high school wrestling season comes to a close

Natrona County High School was able to bring home its first state wrestling championship since 1984, but that’s not the only thing that will be remembered fondly from this season.
Published: Feb. 28, 2021 at 3:50 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Every high school season is memorable, but this has been an especially memorable year for coaches and athletes around the state. The high school wrestling season came to a close with the state championships in Casper this past weekend.

Individual champions were crowned, and some schools took home team state titles over the three days. Natrona County High School took home the 4A state championship, which was its first wrestling state title since 1984.

It was a difficult season for everyone involved, which included limited fans along the way and lots of masks being worn.

Cheyenne East wrestler and 120 lb. state champion Landon Trujillo said it was “nice to have a season at least,” and he “couldn’t ask for a better season.”

Despite all of the challenges, lifelong memories were made on and off the mat. Trujillo said he would always remember the bus trips from this season.

“It’s fun talking to each other and learning a lot about one another. Just creating those lifelong friendships,” said Trujillo.

It’s not just about creating those bonds off the mat. It matters what happens when you go out there and compete, and the hard work paid off for some.

Kyler Henderson, Natrona County wrestler and 132 lb. state champion, said, “Most memorable part probably was just being able to in the morning practices with my teammates and just wrestling with them in the mornings. Knowing I’m getting that extra time.”

Natrona County head wrestling coach Scott Russell echoed that his seniors “put in the time” and called them “great people.”

“I’ll always remember the relationships I created with these kids,” said Russell.

Congratulations to all of the wrestlers on a thrilling and successful season. The high school state basketball season will be wrapping up over the next few weeks, and the state championships will be back in Casper for that.

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