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Jacob Spear (right) and Matt Schreur mix it up during an intensive wrestling practice in Wilson Dome. The wrestling schedule has only one appearance at home, the Payson Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21.

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Second-year coach working hard to build up wrestling program

Payson High School’s wrestling program is working from the ground up. With a young coach and a small group of mostly inexperienced wrestlers, after-school practices are running longer and more intensely to get the team caught up. Coach Casey Woodall, himself a former All American wrestler, knows the journey stretches beyond one good practice, a good meet and even a good year. With only five returning varsity members, building up the program will likely take years.


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