Wrestiling brothers continue on together

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After 18 years together, twins Ryan Linsacum and Travis Linsacum will be staying together for at least two more.

The wrestlers signed letters of intent to compete for Lassen Community College in Susanville, Calif., this morning at Moffat County High School.

"Originally we were thinking about going different ways," said Ryan Linsacum. "But it just worked out that we both liked the same place."

"I was looking at another school in Wyoming," said Travis Linsacum. "But it would be a lot easier for our family to come watch us both at the same meet, instead of splitting up."

During their high school careers the brothers were always near the same weight but they rotated weight classes, thus keeping away from a sibling rivalry in competitions.

Yet, the competition was always fierce in practice.

"We definitely had some tough battles in practice," said Travis Linsacum. "But we grew up with a group of great wrestlers so there was always strong competition among all of us."

Ryan Linsacum finished his stellar grappling career with a third-place finish in the 135-weight class at state. This followed up a fifth-place showing in his junior year and a fourth-place rank during the sophomore season.

Travis Linsacum muscled his way to a state championship his senior year, after placing second his junior year and sixth during the sophomore year.

The Linsacums are the third and fourth Bulldog wrestlers to sign letters to compete in college from this year's state championship team. Mark Hastings and Kyle Kostur signed letters with University of Northern Colorado in May.

"This year's senior class was a group of outstanding leaders and kids," said head coach Roman Gutierrez. "With four of them going on to wrestle at the next level, it gives the younger ones something to strive for."

The brothers had the opportunity to go to school early and start training in July but decided to stay home because of work commitments they had already made to family friends whom they work for..

The prospect of college is something that they are anxious for.

"I'll probably take my lumps my freshman year but it is all part of the process," said Ryan Linsacum, who is thinking about pursuing a career in education.

"Our coaches have been key to our success," Travis Linsacum said. "They have prepared us throughout our careers and we would like

to thank them for making

this possible."

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