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Western Wyoming Community College sophomore Connor Kirkland grapples with an opponent during a home dual last season. Kirkland placed third at nationals when the Mustangs took eighth as a team, and this year’s team is aiming even higher.

ROCK SPRINGS — Western Wyoming Community College’s wrestling team is ranked number one by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Last season, head coach Art Castillo led the team to win the Rocky Mountain District/Region IX championship for the second year in a row and finished eighth at the NJCAA national championships. This year, the team aims to accomplish more.

“It’s exciting being No. 1 in the nation! Although it is our expectation to be in this situation, we haven’t done anything yet! I am happy with our effort to get us to this point, but it only matters who is number one in March. Nobody will remember who was No. 1 in November. We need to focus on getting better every day and putting ourselves in situations that create growth. We know we will be getting everybody’s best effort every time we compete, and we need to be prepared for that. Going wire to wire number one is probably one of the most difficult things to do in sports! We will need to be laser focused until March 7,” Castillo said.

To follow the Mustang wrestling season, visit www.westernwyoming.edu/mustang-athletics. The team’s first home match is Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Rushmore Gym in Rock Springs. Matches are free and open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend. For those unable to attend, live streaming is available.

Connect with the Mustang wrestlers through Instagram @wwcc_wrestling. To learn more about the wrestling program, contact Castillo at acastillo@westernwyoming.edu.

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