There were no mind-blowing, how'd-they-do-that moves that Moffat County junior Korey Kostur picked up competing against some the nation's top underclassmen, but he did bring some new wrestling tactics back with him from the East Coast.
"(The East Coast) wrestlers did things differently defensively," Kostur said. "Just tying up and shooting was a lot harder to do."
Kostur and 13 other wrestlers from Colorado represented the state in the National Wrestling Coaches Association's Brute Scholastic Duals last weekend at Delaware State University in Dover, Del. The Colorado team, which was the only team from west of the Mississippi, finished ninth out of 22 teams.
"We had a lot of sophomores," Kostur said. "If we would have had some of our better juniors, we could have been in the top three."
Team Colorado finished 3-2 in dual matches of pool play. The team tied with New Jersey Blue and Delaware Gold in pool play but didn't advance to the quarterfinals because New Jersey scored more points in its five duals.
Colorado defeated New Jersey, 33-30, and lost to Delaware, 31-21.
Colorado defeated Florida, 43-11, in the finals for ninth place.
Kostur finished the weekend with a 5-3 record.
"I was out of shape, and it cost me in the third period," Kostur said. " There were times when I didn't think right, either."
Kostur's winning matches were: John Sinchock of Ohio by pin in the first period; Ryan Toellie of New Jersey, 9-2; Blaise Flamio of New York by technical fall, 15-0; Frank Cammis of New England, 8-5; Dakota Rhame of Florida 9-5.
He said his best match was the overtime win against Rhame.
In the matches he lost, Kostur said he either led or was down by two or fewer points going into the third.
In the second round, Kostur was pinned by Adam Pittman of Virginia 32 seconds into the third period.
"It was the first time I've been pinned since my freshman year," he said.
"I slipped out of a move right into a cradle."
Kostur also lost 7-5 against Matt Cathell of Delaware and 6-3 against Michael Bressler of Maryland.
"I think (5-3) was pretty good for the condition I was in," said Kostur, who missed his baseball team's doubleheader against Palisade for the tournament.
"There were some very good wrestlers there."
The Colorado team flew to the meet together from Denver International Airport. The trip cost the Colorado wrestlers $600 each.
Kostur said that he received several local sponsorships to help him go.
"It was worth it," he said. "I hope to bring some of the things I learned back to the wrestling room and maybe even teach it to the younger wrestlers."
The Class 4A state champion said he enjoyed getting to know his fellow Coloradans.
The two top performers for the Centennial State were Brighton junior Chris Marti-nez and Alamosa sophomore Sonny Yohn.
Martinez, the Class 5A runner up at 112 this year, was undefeated in his eight matches. Yohn, the Class 4A champion at 171, was 7-1.
"Martinez was our best wrestler," Kostur said. "He's solid."