A number of items can be found inside the Moffat County High School wrestling room, items used to maintain and groom the school’s young grapplers.
There’s gauze to patch up nicks and plug bloodied noses.
There are worn mats with white lines faded from countless practice battles.
And, there is a rock wall and a climbing rope, training tools to prep the athletes for competition.
But, these are just the items for the team’s present wrestlers.
Look closely, however, and you’ll see the wrestling team isn’t without pride in its past.
Photographs line the walls with the names of past champions, and there’s a wooden plaque with one name inscribed above the rest: Mark Voloshin, a former MCHS wrestler who is now charged with helping current team members ascend to heights past his own.
Voloshin has been an assistant coach for the MCHS boys varsity wrestling squad for four years.
But, before he was helping kids on the mat, he was terrorizing opponents on it.
Voloshin was a member of the 1985 MCHS championship team — the team’s first of five and arguably the beginning of head coach Roman Gutierrez’s dynasty in Bulldog blue.
The 1985 Moffat County High School graduate finished third in the 1985 state tournament, but his efforts helped Moffat County claim first overall.
“When I was a sophomore, Roman came in as a coach,” he said. “That year, we won our first state title.”
After graduating from MCHS, Voloshin went on to wrestle at the University of Wyoming.
Now, Voloshin is back “for the love of the sport.”
“I wanted to come back and help Roman,” he said. “I want to help the kids.”
Paired alongside fellow coaches Gutierrez and Ron Linsacum, Voloshin said he tries to help current Bulldogs in each phase.
“I try to help with everything — every aspect of the sport,” he said.
Being a coach is a lot different than being a competitor, Voloshin said.
“I have a lot to learn,” he said. “You have to adjust to the different styles, learn the different personalities and there are different ways kids learn. That’s why Roman is so good. It’s just been a pleasure to learn from him.”
In terms of wrestling style, however, some things haven’t changed, Voloshin said.
“The only thing that is different, is that it’s more refined,” he said. “The moves are more refined, and that’s a good thing.”
But, the most important aspect of wrestling remains unchanged since Voloshin was in high school.
“It’s still about the work,” he said. “It’s the same blood, sweat and tears. That doesn’t change.”