Sweet Grass County High School has introduced a wrestling team to its winter sports line-up. In an interview with the Activities Director, Barry Snodgrass, about the team and why we added it to the activities list. Snodgrass explained, “We had a handful of students that were interested in one, and we had the opportunity to co-op with the Park County team.” Being in operation with Park County our boys are under the Park Rangers name, but still Herders at heart. He further went on to tell me that having the chance to work with Park County has really helped with avoiding financial blocks to having our own home team. For example, he explained that wrestling mats are $15,000 apiece and really there is no space for the team in our facilities. The outrageous cost of start-up versus the cost of transportation to Livingston made the co-op the most realistic choice.
As for the team, their coach Ben Hahn is very excited to have our boys. His goal with our boys is to move from 18th and take 10th at state for class A schools. Our team is always learning and occasionally placing in tournaments. I spoke with, Colter Fleming, a first-year wrestler, how he feels it’s going? “The team does great getting me up to speed and treat me like one of them and not an object.” Colter shared. Between the coach and his teammates, he feels plenty welcomed and plans to come back next season.
There’s still a lot to see from the wrestling team before their season wraps up. So be sure to keep an eye out for updates, as we’ll be doing our best to keep everyone posted.