MINERAL WELLS - Wrestlers from the Mineral Wells youth program did their rendition of the "Fantastic Four" during a national tournament in Tulsa, Okla.
Gage Wright, Cyrus Traugh, Brent Bosley and Nathan Ford combined for a team championship in the 6-year-old division at the Cliff Keen Tournament conducted at the Expo Square Pavilion back on Jan. 20-21.
The entire field -ranging in age from 4 to 16 years - consisted of 1,869 entries representing 40 states, which is the largest number for a Cliff Keen event since 2001.
Photo by Kerry Patrick
Four wrestlers from the Mineral Wells youth program recently captured the 6-year-old team championship at the Cliff Keen Tulsa Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. Pictured from left are Gage Wright, Brent Bosley, Nathan Ford and Cyrus Traugh. Wright and Traugh each won their respective weight class. Wright also was named Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 6-year-old division.
"I've been to one of those Cliff Keen tournaments before, and the best of the best are there," Mineral Wells coach Tom "Toad" Fordyce said. "It didn't surprise me at all what they did out there at Tulsa.
"Those are good little kids. Our younger kids are really outstanding wrestlers."
Making the 17-hour drive by van were a dozen individuals, including parents and 8-year-old wrestler Landon Francisco.
Both Wright and Traugh enjoyed the most success after winning their respective weight classes.
Traugh wrestled at 60 pounds, while Wright was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at 55 pounds.
Four victories by Wright took all of 2 minutes.
"Gage just hates to lose," said his father, Matt Wright, who started his son in the sport at the age of 2 and entered him in a state tournament in Beckley while still in diapers.
Traugh, who began wrestling just nine months ago, will join Gage Wright at another Cliff Keen event scheduled for April 13-15 in Reno. Nev.
"For a second-year wrestler, Cyrus is outstanding," Fordyce said.
"He has some athletic ability."
Should Wright capture another individual title, he would receive the Trinity Award for having swept the Kickoff Classic last year in Tulsa, along with the Tulsa Nationals and the Reno Worlds.
"Cyrus and Gage go at it with each in practice - that's what makes them good," Fordyce said. "They push one another, and that's what it takes."