Craig grappler qualifies for Nationals Tournament

In a season where the crack of a baseball bat is supposed to drown out the noise of any other sport, there are those who still prefer the hard thud of a take down on the mat.

One of those people is Nate Tomlin, who last Saturday qualified for the National Freestyle Tournament in Fresno, Calf.

Tomlin qualified with a fourth-place finish at a regional tournament held Friday and Saturday in Dallas, Texas.

"It's really quite an accomplishment for Tomlin to make it as far as he has," said Andy Seltzer, coach of the Craig Freestyle Wrestling Club. "When a kid gets as far regionals, he looks at facing a field of nine wrestlers, basically the best from the surrounding states, so it really shows how tough of a kid Tomlin is."

Tomlin was not the only local wrestler to qualify for regionals, but was the only one who attended. Nate Seltzer also qualified for regionals, but was unable to attend because of extenuating circumstances.

Before a wrestler can qualify for Regionals, they must first qualify for state.

Four Moffat County qualifiers attended state, which was held in Trinidad this year.

Tomlin, along with his brother, Dylan, earned a fourth place and second place respectively, in Greco-Roman style wrestling.

Nate Tomlin placed third in the freestyle section.

Seltzer also earned a third in freestyle wrestling and Luke Rummel wrestled his way to a fourth place.

"The four kids we ended up with at state were the only ones we had left at the end of the season. Most of the kids got lured away from the program because of summer," Seltzer said.

Warm weather will not tempt Tomlin as he prepares for his July 5-8 meeting with the California mats, but problems have arisen along the way.

The high school wrestling room has closed for the summer, leaving Tomlin a wrestler without a mat.

"Right now, Nate's parents are trying to get a mat lined up so we can practice at my house," Seltzer said. "Once the mats are lined up we'll probably workout three to four times a week getting ready for nationals."

This was Seltzer's first year as the Freestyle Club's head coach, but after the team's performance, it will not be his last.

"It's been great this year, especially with Nate doing so well, and it has been made even better with being invited back as head coach," he said. "Hopefully we can keep the kids interested in the program, and get even more out next year."

Freestyle Club
Stanley Lake Freestyle Tournament at Westminster
May 26
Name Place
Nate Tomlin 1
Nathain Seltzer 3
Dylan Tomlin 4

State Tournament at Trinidad
June 2
Name Style Place
Nate Tomlin Greco 4
Freestyle 3
Dylan Tomlin Greco 2
Nathain Seltzer Freestyle 3
Luke Roumoll Freestyle 4

Regional Tourn. at Dallas Texas
June 9
Name Style Place
Nate Tomlin Greco 5
Freestyle 4

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