The Norwood High School varsity wrestlers are getting ready for the 2019-20 season on the mat, as many of the boys are already shedding weight and starting to practice. Last weekend, some traveled to Gunnison for a preseason tournament. 

“This was the first-annual WCWC Smack-Down Wrestling tournament put on by the Western Colorado Wrestling Club, which is run by Western Colorado University’slocal wrestling club and held at Gunnison High School,” Norwood head coach Kyle Dinsmore said. “This was agreat opportunity for our kids to support the local wrestling community here on the Western Slope.”

Dinsmore said local wrestlers don’tget the same opportunities to compete in preseason matches as their counterparts in the Denver area, because of extensive travel. He added he’s glad the Norwood athletes attended last weekend’s tournament. 

“We had a great showing withthe kids that we brought to the event,” he said. 

The following Norwood wrestlers competed: senior Harley Workman (first place); junior Dorian Herron (second place); sophomores Jarret Sinks (first place), Brayden Magallon (second place), Gage Owen (second place), Joshua Alexander (third place) and Cash Joseph (fourth place); and freshman Ray Elder (fifth place).

Also competing was sixth-grader Coulter Shumway, who won a third place. 

Dinsmore said the Norwood boys are a young team, as Workman is the only senior. Still, he said, the group is “hungry for success.”

Workman has been a state qualifier the last two years. Sinks and Owen, who qualified last year as freshmen, also have their eyes set on the state tournament. 

“That’s along with others that have set high goals for themselves in theupcoming years,” Dinsmore said. “This group is chomping at the bit to get their season started.”

Sinks told The Norwood Post his goal was to try to cut weight in order to wrestle at 106 pounds, like he did last year. He said he may have to wrestle at 113 pounds, however. 

“I’m glad that we have a lot of kids this year,” Sinks said. “We have the potential to all make it to state. My personal goal is to get on the podium. Coach Kyle is a really supportive coach, and he pushes us to do great things.”

Owen said he was pleased with the outcome of Saturday’s preseason tournament. 

“We looked good as a team, even though we haven’t really had any practices. I think we will do good this year,” he said. 

Practice officially begins Monday, and Norwood will travel to Moab for the firsttournament of the regular season Dec. 5.

Dinsmore said he hopes to have 12 wrestlers on the team this year, the highest number since he started coaching in 2016. 

Additionally, he said girls are welcome to participate, and he’s already had a few approach him about wrestling. He strongly encourages any girls who are interested to try the sport. 

“Girls wrestling is a sanctioned CHSAA sport this year and will have its own state tournament to crown the best women wrestlers in the state,” he said.