CEDARFALLS, IOWA – Twelve Abilene wrestlers competed at the USA Wrestling Folk Style Nationals recently at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The Abilene wrestlers who competed ranged from 7-12th grade. Most of the middle school kids competed in the Schoolboy Age division while the high school aged kids were in the Cadet and Junior age divisions.
“This trip provided a priceless experience for these kids,” Coach James Stout said.
“This may be the toughest tournament many of them have ever competed in. The experience should pay off for them in years to come,” Stout said.
“These kids competed like warriors. This level of tournament is tough and these kids are hungry to step up their game. This is just one example of what they do in the off season to get better.” Stout added.
“Our lone All- American was Dauson Whiteley. Dauson had a tremendous tournament. He came from behind in every win in the first three rounds to make the semifinals and ensure sixth place and All American status, “ Stout said.
“Trey Hoerner and Zane Baugh were also very close to earning their own All American Status but fell just short. Trey lost in the final ‘blood round’ and Zane was only one match behind that, both finished the tournament with 4-2 records,” he said.
In addition to the tournament, the kids visited the Dan Gable Wrestling Hall of Fame in Waterloo, just a few miles from the UNI Dome where the tournament was held.
“We had many supporters help with this trip and I would like to thank them for all their support,” concluded coach Stout.
Assisting Stout in coaching were Caleb Baugh, Terry Kiser, Courtney Strauss, Tom Taplin and Chad Hoerner.