BULLHEAD CITY — Head coach Colyn Kruse said his Cougars are wrestling much better against opponents they competed against recently. 

Everything this season is to prepare the guys for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Southern (state qualifying) Wrestling Tournament at Indian Springs High School on Feb. 1-2. 

On Jan. 22, sophomore Kevin Lemire, 145, sophomore Blake Luna, 152, and Branden Lando, 160, each went 0-3 at the River Valley multi at River Valley High School.

“They’re not getting pushed over anymore,” Kruse said. “They’re really wrestling hard.”

The Cougars opened up against Kingman last Tuesday. 

“They’re a pretty solid team,” Kruse said. “Our kids wrestled them pretty good, too.’

In the 15th annual Dan Salyer Invitational Tournament at Mohave High School, the guys went 0-5 on the first day. Kruse looked at the bright side.

“We had a pretty good match against Trevor Browne (High School) and we had a good match vs. Desert Pine,” he said. “Other than that, we kind of struggled against everyone else.”

The team went into the tournament with 10 vacant weight classes. As a result, they finished last out of 18 teams with 27 points.

Lemire and Luna are first-year wrestlers who did well and gained valuable experience during the first day of the invite, Kruse said. Overall, it was a learning experience for his team.

When asked what his guys thought about the Mohave invite, Kruse said, “They thought it was tough.

“They’ve definitely seen the hardest and they think that the Mohave tournament will make our league a little bit easier.” 

The Cougars are now off to the league meet after wrapping up the regular season at home on Jan. 25.

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