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As the 2014-15 wrestling season begins, the Mustang Wrestling team will have brand new home. The building of the new Exercise Science building, opened in August, 2014, boasts a new athletic weight room, fitness center, and many other amenities, and will also be the new home to the wrestlers. The wrestling room features a state-of-the-art design, including a locker room and an office. The new looking Mustangs, led by Head Coach Art Castillo (6th Season) will return 3 national qualifiers from last year’s squad. Brenn Schiess (133lbs), Ryan Slaugh (149lbs), and Damon Mele (165lbs). To add to the experience of his eight returners, Castillo has brought in 14 freshmen to Western. The Mustangs will use their strength of schedule to once again prepare them for post season action. The action begins October 24th for the Intrasquad dual at home in Rushmore Gymnasium at 6pm.

125 – 3X state runner-up and Utah single-season pin record holder, Ronald Wardleigh, a SO from Fremont, UT, returns after an LDS Mission and will have his hands full from Aaron Allard a FR from Temescal Canyon HS.

133 – RSFR Brett Jones from Fallbrook, CA, returns from an LDS mission hungry and looking to make some noise. Also competing for a spot will be Jaydon Rogers, a state champion from Fremont HS in Utah. Returner Arthur Tomax form Kearns, UT, will redshirt this season.

141/149 – These are two weight classes that will have several Mustangs in the mix for the two starting spots. Leading the way here will be returning national qualifier and 4-time Idaho state placer, Brenn Schiess. Brenn put on some tremendous size this offseason and will move up two weight classes. 4-time Utah state placer, Logan Stewart, a returner from last year has gained some muscle from last year and looks to move up in weight to challenge. Two freshmen, 3-time WY state placer, Zeke Mamalis, from Green River, WY, will bring a solid work ethic to the team. Arizona state placer, Ulisses Lopez, from the storied Sunnyside HS in Tucson, AZ, will vie starting roles this season.

157 – RSSO Ryan Slaugh, a returning national qualifier in round of 12 at the national tournament will be back for his sophomore year. The Rock Springs, WY, native, who put on some muscle in the off season, will look to move up a weight class. Returning national qualifier and former Utah state champion and RSSO Damon Mele will look battle to find his place in this year’s lineup.

165 – SO Hunter Riggs looks to rebound from his finish last year at regionals where he was undersized. After a solid off season where he gained significant muscle, he is determined to punch his ticket to Des Moines this year. FR 4-time Utah state placer, Kaden Campbell, from Union HS in Utah, will give Hunter all he can handle at this weight.

174/184 – Heading into the season, it is uncertain who will fill these two weight classes. RSFR Colby Barlocker, a 3-time Utah state champion and a returning missionary from Tokyo, Japan, Chris Restad, a powerful, heavy handed FR from California, and FR Adrian Mack, an athletic 3-time state placer from Colorado Springs, CO, will grapple to earn the two spots.

197 – 2014 state runner-up, Aspen Naylor, a hard working FR from Syracuse, UT, and Conner Hendry, a 2-time WY state placer will mix it up at this weight.

HWT – RSFR Dylan Sackett, a Utah state placer from Layton, UT, 2014 state runner-up, Dexter Bess, from Smoky Hill, CO, and 3-time WY state placer, Kaleb Clark, from Kelly Walsh HS will decide who the big guy on campus literally is!


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