After more than forty years of not having a wrestling program, the Great Falls Central Mustangs made history last season. Nearly half of the wrestlers on the team made a debut at the All-Class State tournament in Billings. Two of those five state competitors are returning, and that's Tyler Stevens and Alex Tooley.
"I was very hopeful that my team could make it to state and when we did I was like ooh, yes, We can do this," said sophomore wrestler Alex Tooley.
"It was mind blowing. There were a lot of people there. It was pretty cool to see everyone else and their wrestling skills, and it's fun to wrestle at State," said junior wrestler Tyler Stevens.
The Mustangs didn't win any state trophies last season, but second year head coach Eric Hinebauch is making his team work even harder to change that.
"I think we have expectations to compete in the Class C state team race. We want to get kids far enough in the state tournament, scoring enough points to where we're competitive for a trophy," said head coach Eric Hinebauch.
In order to get that trophy, junior Tyler Stevens says the team is working on several techniques out on the mat.
"Definitely our stances and our shots, and finishing those shots," said Stevens.
"We just need to keep developing solid fundamentals, and I think that's going to put us in a lot of solid and matches and conditioning is really huge.That's going to up our win percentage in the matches," said Hinebauch.
"Our goal last year was to get to State. I think this year's goal is to get to state and win," said Tooley.
The Great Falls Central wrestling team has already shown success in year one.
"We started out with brand new wrestlers and turned them into people that can actually wrestle and I think that's great," said Stevens.
Year two should be exciting to see.