Last week, the Laramie High School wrestling team competed in Rapid City, South Dakota for the Rapid City Invitational Tournament.  

They left Dec. 12 and returned on Dec. 14. The bus ride was long, but it was worth it for the team, who just began their season. 

The tournament was the first time this season that the team was able to compete.  

They were happy to have their first competition of the season as a learning experience and to improve their skills.  

They did not perform as they had hoped to, but they become more motivated to improve and be their best. 

“It was the first tournament this season, so everyone was a little rusty. We didn’t have the  outcome that we wanted, but the boys did some good things and really improved,” Ireland Earl said.  

From the LHS team, there were three out of four boys that made it to the second day of  the tournament, but the team did not finish with any placements.  

Although they were behind some of the other teams, they took the tournament as an opportunity to learn, improve, and get prepared for the future tournaments. 

“This was a low stress environment because there were teams there from other states. We knew we’d never have to wrestle them again, so win or lose, we were really there just for experience,” Earl said. 

Mr. Brinkman, a history of Wyoming and Modern American Studies teacher, is a coach for the wrestling team. He supports the team and pushes them to become the best that they can. 

“He is serious but is always joking around, and is super involved with the guys, and making sure they can get better and work on their skills,” Earl said. 

Earl is a manager for the LHS team, and this is her 2nd year helping the team.  

She is a sophomore and loves to manage for the team. She has made many friends through managing the team and likes the sense of community on the team. 

“I’m a manager because I enjoy traveling with the team, the sport of wrestling, and also enjoy helping. I like the long bus trips to tournaments the most, and staying with the other manager,” Earl said.  

The other manager is new to wrestling, and Earl has been teaching her what the managers have to do and how everything works. They have to clean the mats after practice and help out during tournaments. 

 “The other manager is Ashley Predmore. I think she’s excited about wrestling and is enjoying it so far. She’s never done wrestling before, so it’s all new to her, but she tries her hardest,” Earl said. 

Earl is a supportive and helpful manager who gets along greatly with the team, coaches, and managers.