End of an era

Korey Kostur's senior year is the last of 10 for the family

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LAS VEGAS -- Bev and Skip Kostur could be considered historians of the Moffat County wrestling team the past 10 years.

Their sons, Kurtis, Kyle and Korey, have been in Bulldog Blue at some time during the past decade. Kurtis was a freshman the first time Roman Gutierrez brought the wrestlers here.

"It's been a family tradition every year," Bev said. "We've had a lot of fun on these trips."

On Friday, all five Kosturs were at Centennial High School as Korey, a senior, went 4-0 the first night of the tournament.

"I start to tear up when I think about (Korey's last year)," she said. "It's sad that I'll have no sons to watch anymore."

Skip said that the family has younger wrestler friends they'll want to watch in the future so the family will keep making the trip -- it won't be the same though.

"We'll still have fun," he said. "But it will take some adjusting to not have a son out there."

During Kurtis' freshman year, the Bulldogs made quite an impression on the Nevada wrestlers. Bev remembered some hostile behavior from the home crowd because of their presence.

"They called us 'chokers' because they hadn't seen a cradle before," she said. "When we got them with cradles they thought we were trying to strangle them."

The Nevada wrestlers have adjusted.

"They've scouted us and learned," Kyle said.

"You definitely see more cradles from them now," Kurtis said.

The Kosturs also have become well acquainted with the vacation aspect of Vegas.

"I'm already 100 (dollars) down," Bev said Friday. "I had a good spin once, the second year I was here, after Skip had won $1,000 the first two nights. I must have used up all of my luck then."

The Kostur brothers have made a habit of doing better on the mat than their mom does gambling.

All three have been named the outstanding wrestler at one of the tournaments.

Kurtis and Kyle earned the honors during Kurtis' senior year in 2000. Korey won the honor his freshman year by beating a Nevada state champion.

As of Saturday night, no Kostur has ever lost in Las Vegas. The average number of matches for a wrestler during the weekend is eight. That means if Korey wins through today the three bothers are about 96-0 during the 10 years.

"All three boys winning outstanding wrestler is probably my favorite memory," Skip said. "They've wrestled well there."

Kyle said he didn't remember much of a challenge during his four years.

"It was all a blur," he said. "The Temecula dual was tough my senior year."

During Kyle's senior year, the Bulldogs lost a dual to nationally ranked Temecula, Calif., by eight points.

Usually 20 to 30 parents, relatives and friends of the wrestlers make the trip to cheer and vacation. Being veterans, the Kostur parents end up giving advice.

"I guess they think we know where to go so they come to us," she said. "They're also usually a little worried about their kids going out on the strip alone. We always tell them it's important to go in groups, and they'll be fine."

Every tournament this year will be the last for a Kostur, but Skip is trying not to think about that until the end.

"Once state is over, it will all sink in," he said. "It's been a good long spell that I wouldn't trade for anything."

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