The 2017-18 season was a record breaking year for the Mustangs which saw a regular season dual
record of 10-1 with the only loss coming to the eventual National Champions. The Mustangs
earned a school best 3rd place at the NWCA National Duals in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Western won
their first ever District Championship crowning six champions and the tournament's Outstanding
Wrestler (Connor Kirkland) and the Coach of the Year (Castillo). At the National Championships
in Council Bluffs, IA, the Mustangs had 5 All Americans (Jaxon Cole 3rd, Jake Thompson 7th,
Matt Hebel 8th) which included two National Champions (Ken Astle and Wade French) and record
99.5 points to earn a 4th place finish. Ken Astle was also named the Earnest B. Gould NJCAA
national wrestler of the year.
The 2018-19 season will lean on a very strong retuning core led by returners, All- American,
Jaxon Cole (3rd at NJCAA's), Jake Thompson (7th at NJCAA's), returning District Champ and OW,
Connor Kirkland, District Champ, Tucker Tomlinson, and 2016 National Qualifier, Samuel
Freeman, who redshirted last season. Also returning are redshirts Joey Revelli, and Landon
Brown. Academic All American, Kedric Coonis also returns but will redshirt this year.
The Mustangs have a very strong recruiting class which includes some of the top wrestlers in
region and the nation. Newcomers include, Dalton Stutzman, Layton UT., who was the 14th ranked
senior 113lber in the class of 2017, 2X WY State Champ, Dane Waldron from Star Valley, 4X
State Champ, Zac Musselman, from Monitcello, UT, Utah state placer, Dylan Chavez, from
Herriman HS, 3X UT state champ and Fargo All American, Kyle Evans from Beaver, who was also
ranked the 27th senior nationally in 2016, UT State Champ Anthony Herrera from Stansbury HS,
WY State Champ Trevor Clark, from Star Valley HS, 3X UT State Champ, Kaygen Canfield from Bear
River HS, Nevada State Champ Sven Pickens from Ely, 2X UT champ Jace Anderson, from North
Summit HS, NV State Champ and transfer from defending NJCAA Champs, NEO, Trevor Van Vliet,
from Moapa Valley HS, 2X Idaho State Champ and 25th nationally ranked senior in the class of
2016, Jared Bird, from Bonneville HS, and UT State Champ, Wyatt Monroe, from Payson HS.
The Mustangs will begin the season with the Intrasquad/All Star Dual on October, 26th and then
host national powerhouse Clackamas Community College, unbeaten in their last 37 dual meets on
November 1st in Rushmore Gymnasium at 7:30pm.