Steamboat wrestling looks to takedown the competition this season

Steamboat Springs wrestler Finn Rodgers gets the takedown to win an overtime match against Fort Morgan's Colin Duckworth in the first wrestleback of the state wrestling championships on Feb. 17, 2023 at Ball Arena. Rodgers, now a senior, looks to help lead the Sailors wrestling team this season under leadership of new head coach, Tyler Seislove.
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Steamboat Springs wrestling’s main focus at each practice this season is on improvement.

If the Sailors put forth their best effort all year, head coach Tyler Seislove believes his wrestlers could be in a position to perform well at regionals and even travel to the state competition.

Formerly a coach for Moffat County wrestling the previous five years, Seislove is entering his first year coaching for Steamboat Springs. Steamboat has 22 wrestlers on its roster including two girls who will compete with the Moffat County girls team.

According to Seislove, there are some great upperclassmen on the Sailors team, but about half the group is made up of freshmen.

“Everything we do this season is about improving,” Seislove said. “Every guy on the varsity lineup gets invited to regionals, which means every guy on the varsity lineup has a chance to go to state.”

Last season, the Sailors sent two of their wrestlers — Finn Rodgers and Henry Dismuke — to the state championships. Both have returned as seniors this season and are hungry to get back on Colorado high school wrestling’s biggest stage.

Seislove said he and the players are still getting to know each other and the wrestlers are learning how he wants things run, but the leadership among the upperclassmen has been helpful. 

Some of the more experienced wrestlers have taken the younger athletes under their wing. 

“They workout a little longer, they are pushing them to get more reps in and helping them with all the little things,” Seislove said. “When you establish a culture in a program, you rely on your upperclassmen to pass it down to the underclassmen. It really helps their development take off.” 

Seislove is hopeful to eventually reach a point this year where the underclassmen feel confident and comfortable enough to take on leadership roles themselves. It is an expectation he has already relayed to the team. 

The Sailors will get their first look at competition Saturday in a tournament at Golden High School before returning to Routt County for Soroco’s home tournament Dec. 9. 

Seislove said he believes there are some nerves in his younger wrestlers for the start of the season, but he knows each individual is prepared and enthusiastic to be back. 

“They are itching to get out there on the mat and get some real competition,” Seislove said. “I think everybody gets a little bored to wrestle the same guys at practice, and you want to see how you match up against wrestlers at different schools. They are excited to see where they stack up against the rest of the state.”

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