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Pagosa youth wrestlers win national titles

Staff Writer

Photo courtesy Kody Hill Local Pagosa Peak Elite youth wrestlers pose with their numerous national trophies and medals won so far this season. The Pagosa Peak Elite travel almost every weekend, competing against wrestlers from all over the nation. One of the Elite’s coaches, Kody Hill, boasts, “Studs from a small town making a big impact in the wrestling community.” From left to right: Skyler Hill (10), Luke Tressler (8), Colton Lucero (6), Dylan Tressler (11) and Cameron Lucero (12).

Photo courtesy Kody Hill
Local Pagosa Peak Elite youth wrestlers pose with their numerous national trophies and medals won so far this season. The Pagosa Peak Elite travel almost every weekend, competing against wrestlers from all over the nation. One of the Elite’s coaches, Kody Hill, boasts, “Studs from a small town making a big impact in the wrestling community.” From left to right: Skyler Hill (10), Luke Tressler (8), Colton Lucero (6), Dylan Tressler (11) and Cameron Lucero (12).

Pagosa Springs’s Pagosa Peak Elite youth wrestlers are sweeping the competition this season, so far bringing home 10 first-place national titles since October.

The youth wrestlers representing Pagosa nationally are Skyle Hill (10), Cameron Lucero (12), Colton Lucero (6), Dylan Tressler (11) and Luke Tressler (8). Coaches are Kody Hill, David Lucero and Chris Tressler.

The youth wrestlers compete in national tournaments almost every weekend put on by the Rocky Mountain Nationals (RMN) organization.

According to their website, RMN is “a wrestling organization which provides the opportunity for youth to participate in wrestling championships which encourages their development not only as athletes but as students …”

Currently, RMN brings together wrestlers from all over the country, including from Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming to face off. Competitions are held year-round with rotating wrestling styles.

Since October 2013, the Pagosa Peak Elite wrestlers have won 10 first-place and nine second-place national titles in addition to numerous medals from their competitions.

The five boys initially began wrestling with the local peewee league. Coaches saw potential in the boys and secured a private wrestling space to take their training to the next level.

This is the boys’ second year competing nationally and they have no plans of slowing down.

shanti.johnson@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on May 9, 2014.