As the underclassman in the highly successful Payson High School wrestling program, the fledgling grapplers often go unnoticed.
But it's those freshmen and jayvees that usually go on to form the nucleus of the varsity program that is ranked the 36th winningest in the United States.
Currently assigned to hone the skills of the young wrestlers is Longhorn assistant Bob Hoyt who says the group "has been working extremely hard in the practice room."
Mettle on the line
Several of the jayvees put their mettle on the line in a multi-meet held Jan. 8 at Deer Valley High School. Five of the wrestlers came away with 3-0 records and weight class crowns.
The victors included James Lyons, Brett Williams, Cole Newbold, Robert Rowland and Luke Schmidt.
"Those kids wrestled extremely well. When the matches went into the third period, we usually won because of our superior conditioning," Hoyt said.
Also representing the Longhorns with good efforts were Colin Bowling and Craig Van Sickle who finished 2-1. John Cronin was 1-2.