Local wrestlers compete at national level

The best wrestlers from the nation gather in Las Vegas each year to compete in the US Open and for many it’s their ticket to being selected to the national team. Two local wrestlers, Dalton Herbst and Trevor Griffith, competed at the ASICS/Las Vegas Open Wrestling Championship April 16-19 in the Cadets (age level) division.

 

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Trevor GriffithPosted Friday, May 23, 2014

By Lori Kesinger

The best wrestlers from the nation gather in Las Vegas each year to compete in the US Open and for many it’s their ticket to being selected to the national team. Two local wrestlers, Dalton Herbst and Trevor Griffith, competed at the ASICS/Las Vegas Open Wrestling Championship April 16-19 in the Cadets (age level) division.

Both Herbst and Griffith competed in Folkstyle, Greco-Roman, and Freestyle wrestling against some of the best wrestlers in the world battling for the national title. Folkstyle wrestling is the style done in the school systems. Greco-Roman is all upper body with no leg attacks or use of the legs other than support. Freestyle is very similar to Folkstyle except it is geared to encourage action on the mat by awarding incentive points for takedowns and points for or against that create action in the match. “Greco is pretty hard,” said Griffith.

“The boys brought home the hardware,” said Tom Jolley, USA Matmen Wrestling Coach. “Dalton not only placed in all three styles, but he stepped into a state of mind that he aggressively attacked the angles in such a way to beat some very good wrestlers.” Herbst achieved a silver medal in Folkstyle, bronze medal in Greco-Roman, and fourth in Freestyle. Griffith achieved a bronze medal in both Folkstyle and Freestyle. “He got a fire lit under him,” said Coach Jolley. Herbst, Griffith, Andrew Craft, Dalton Lecoe, Terrell Koenig, Riley O’Donnell, and Nick Mahon competed earlier at tournaments in Montana. “Everyone’s growth was exceptional. I’m proud of these athletes, they exercise an enhanced work ethic, and this is the seed for growth. They faced their fears and found success against them. It has been an honor and privilege to coach them,” Coach Jolley stated.

Several of the wrestlers will compete in tournaments this summer. “The big one is at Western Regionals in Pocatello, Idaho, June 16-22,” said Griffith.