GLASGOW -- Whenever you see one Glasgow Scottie on the wrestling mats – you don’t have to look very far to find the rest of the team. They’re usually standing behind or next to head coach Jory Casterline, cheering their teammates on.
“They’re probably the best group of kids I have had, overall,” Casterline said. “Wrestling-wise they’re great, but they’re just a good group of kids and they’re fun to be around and they compete hard.”
The success started at the youth level.
“They’re all club kids, and that’s one of the great things about our program is they’re all homegrown, grassroots type kids,” Catserline added.
The Scotties are the top-ranked team in Class B-C – which shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, Glasgow has more state titles than any other B-C school with 12. But the Scotties haven’t won it all since 2010 -- something that weighs on the minds of this year’s squad.
“We watched those kids when we were little and we wanted to be like them and now we’re in a position to do it, so it’s time,” said junior Colten Fast.
In 2020 it certainly looks like the stars are aligning for the Scotties again. Glasgow boasts four top-ranked wrestlers in Mayson Phipps (HWT), Cooper Larson (205), Dylan Nieskens (182) and Colten Fast (132). Fast and Nieskens are returning B-C state champs, who dream of a return to Scottie dominance.
“We feel like we’re pretty prepared and we feel like it’s our year to take it, so we’ll come out swinging,” Nieskens said.