One individual’s success can often overshadow the passion and determination of a team.
Wrestling, a sport rooted in individual success, routinely falls victim to this. North Idaho College Wrestling is determined to make sure that the team produces success as a whole at the national level, not just individual champions.
“We all want one thing this year, and it’s a team title,” said returning All-American, Trey Meyer.
Accompanying Meyer are two fellow returning All-Americans (Placed in the Top 8 at Nationals) , Levi Perry and Damian Trujillo.
Brent Evans and Thomas Stevenson also return to the team after barely missing the All-American honor at nationals last season.
To earn a team title, each wrestler that qualifies for nationals will need to contribute to the team score by advancing in their weight class’ bracket. NIC’s returning National Qualifiers intend to lead the team in bring home the national title, which has not been won by NIC since 2013.
Part of building a successful season is found in the influence of the coaching staff.
“They are a younger staff, so we bond with them as friends,” Meyer said. “When we get down, they can use that relationship to bring us back up and build us stronger.”
This year’s coaching staff consists of returning Head Coach Pat Whitcomb, and Assistant Coach Keri Stanley. Both previous NIC Wrestling National Champions. The newest addition to the staff is Coach Brandon Richardson, returning to Coeur d’Alene after wrestling at the University of Wyoming.
“Guys really respond well to [Richardson] and what he brings to the room,” Stanley said.
The first home dual of the season will be held on November 17, 2017, when the wrestlers will face their rival, Clackamas, at 7:30 p.m.
“All we want from the school is your amazing support and pride,” Meyer said. “We will win a title for this school this year. I say it with passion.”