Congratulations to Isaac Wilcox as he received All-American status for the third time by placing 7th in the Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championships from July 15-22, 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota. Previously Isaac had received All-American status in both the 2016 USA Greco and 2017 USA Folkstyle styles of wrestling. Wrestlers must place in the top eight to receive the All-American status. Isaac will be entering his Junior season in this upcoming wrestling season and is currently ranked 16th in the country at the 152 pound weight class with only three non-seniors ranked ahead of him. During this tournament Isaac went toe to toe against Will Lewan, the wrestler who is ranked number one in his weight class and wrestled very tough – in what was a closer match than the score shows of 9-1. Isaac was not the only wrestler doing an excellent job representing Olympus at the national tournament; Riley Noble also wrestled very well and came within just a couple wins of receiving All-American status. In addition to the efforts of these fantastic wrestlers, Olympus Wrestling has been very busy as they have had several wrestlers attending summer camps and competing in several off-season sports. Josh Gilbert is one example of a wrestler hard at work outside of wrestling. He has been competing at the national and state level cycling competitions where he has become a State Champion and was an alternate for the Tour of Ireland race.
Olympus Wrestling will also have several other returning athletes like Jacob DeGraw(placed 3rd in the Utah Freestyle tournament), McKay Gygi, Trent White, Tyler Wallace, Soyer Haaga, Miles Mendenhall, Owen Hall, Lucas Spillett, Chase Parry and Emerson Conlon. Several other returning wrestlers and incoming sophomores and freshmen will help round out the team this season, however Coach Ashcroft is making a call out to ALL athletes to come join them as they are still looking for few more athletes to help Olympus create a very competitive team. This will be the first season wrestlers are allowed to compete in fight shorts and shirt instead of singlets, additionally Coach Ashcroft is making an emphasis to have athletes that want to gain weight during the season to come join the team. He said, “Gone are the days of wrestlers that need to lose weight. We are now working to have wrestlers bulk up and possibly increase their weight during the season.” He is even encouraging athletes that just want a place to workout but may not want to compete, to also join the team. They will be placing a high emphasis on weight lifting this season. The wrestlers kick off their season with a parent meeting on November 1st and their first practice on on November 6th. They are looking to win their first Region Championship in several years. It should be a fun season! Come join, all are welcome!