Large Numbers Show Wrestling Growth in Carbon


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Filling weight classes and overall depth will not be a problem for Carbon’s wrestling program this year as 46 athletes will compete for spots. “We have some talent coming up but it may take a year or two to get climatized and see how it’s done at this level.” Head coach Brock Fausett continued, “We’re real young, we have the most freshman I’ve ever had.” Along with a herd of underclassman, four state qualifiers will be coming back including Ridic Migliori, Jayden Tonc, Cayleb Marshall and Bryce Judd.

There will be some changes in addition to the new faces at Carbon wrestling. “We are going to do something different this year,” said Fausett. “Unfortunately we lost Coach Abeyta but we are bringing in two new coaches.” Ted Prettyman and David Alverez will be joining the fold. Both will be a good addition while the latter adds personal experience after he wrestled heavyweights post high school. One new point of emphasis is to go back to the basics. “We will be focusing on truly basic fundamentals to help the incoming freshman. That will prepare us for the future,” added Fausett.

A couple of fun tournaments on the Dino’s schedule are the Moab Invitational and the Capital Classic at West High. “Moab is always fun. Every kid usually gets at least four or five matches. Even our young kids will get mat time.” Fausett continued, “It’s a good indicator of what we need to do and improve.” Carbon will run into a former Dino wrestler that is now coaching at West High. “We will compete against 4a and 5a schools, which will give us a different taste.”

Fausett also discussed the team’s aspirations for the year. “Our goals are to have weekly improvements in athleticism and conditioning, finish with a winning duel record and place in the top three as a team in one tournament this year.”

“I’m super excited to have as many kids as we have. It shows the growth of the sport in our community. Our ultimate goal is to make better individuals out of the boys and girls,” concluded Fausett.

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