Cody Adams, a Moffat County High School senior, practices Tuesday in the MCHS wrestling room. Adams, a 189-pound wrestler, took fourth in the 4A western regional tournament Feb. 11 and 12 to qualify for his second 4A state wrestling tournament in his four years with the Bulldogs.

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Cody Adams, a Moffat County High School senior, practices Tuesday in the MCHS wrestling room. Adams, a 189-pound wrestler, took fourth in the 4A western regional tournament Feb. 11 and 12 to qualify for his second 4A state wrestling tournament in his four years with the Bulldogs.

Cody Adams uses family as inspiration in wrestling

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Cody Adams, left, grapples with his wrestling partner, Moffat County High School senior Charlie Griffiths, during practice on Tuesday. As Adams, an MCHS senior, continues his 4A state wrestling tournament quest, he hopes to join his cousin, Scott Garoutte, on the wall of champions in the MCHS wrestling room.

Wrestling is more than just a sport for Cody Adams,

Starting with his dad, J.D. Adams, the Moffat County High School senior has had to battle with parents, cousins and siblings on where his wrestling ability ranks in the family.

Having a wrestling mat in the basement of his home helps his chances.

“I started wrestling in preschool because my dad wanted my brother and I to get involved,” Adams said. “When I first started, I always finished fifth or sixth and wasn’t really that good.”

Adams grew up wrestling with his twin brother, MCHS senior Kye Adams. Like any brotherly duo, the two had sibling rivalries.

“Kye would always tell me that he was the better brother and say I was no good,” he said. “Growing up, I’ve always had a goal to beat him. It is a brother thing.”

The battles aside, Adams said he and Kye helped each other by learning the fundamentals of wrestling on the basement mat.

Adams has come a long way from the basement — he is now competing in the 4A state wrestling tournament in Denver.

To get to this point in his career, Adams said he improved on his wrestling abilities in middle school with help from J.D. and coach Ron Linsacum.

“Linsacum would let you know if you failed on the wrestling mat,” he said. “I al-

ways got pushed and I got a lot better before I started in high school.”

Another inspiration for Adams was his cousin, 2005 MCHS graduate Scott Garoutte.

Garoutte won the 215-pound state title in his junior and senior years and has his picture on the wall in the MCHS wrestling room.

When Adams looks at the picture, he said he wants to join Garoutte.

“When I was in eighth grade, I knew I wanted to be up on that wall,” Adams said. “I want to be up there on the wall with my cousin.”

The brackets for Adams’ 189-pound weight class were released Sunday, but Adams said he didn’t look at them beforehand.

“I am not interested in who I have to wrestle,” he said. “I just go out there and wrestle and do my best.”

In the 4A western regional tournament Feb. 11 and 12, Adams finished fourth, but wasn’t happy about his performance.

Nerves, Adams said, played a big part.

“When I go out to wrestle at state, I can’t be nervous,” he said. “I need to go out and not worry about anything and just wrestle and try and pin my opponent.”

Adams’ head coach, Roman Gutierrez, said he feels Adams could have won his weight class at the regional tournament.

“Cody has been wrestling really tight and he just needs to get loosened up,” Gutierrez said. “I have no doubt he could have won his weight class, he just didn’t wrestle like he has all year.”

Still, Gutierrez said Adams should come out at the state meet back in regular form.

“This is his last year,” he said. “This is his last opportunity and he will never again wrestle a high school match.”

Adams said he would focus more on his stand-ups and throwing, as he feels those are the strong parts of his technique.

After this weekend, however, Adams said he would put wrestling behind him to pursue a college degree.

“The next level of wrestling asks too much out of you,” he said. “My goal is to get my degree in video game design.”

Still, Adams will have one last wrestling meet in his high school career, and his parents and brother will be there to cheer him on.

“Last year when I went to the state meet, I could see anyone from on the floor,” Adams said. “But, win or lose, it is a good feeling to know that they are there.”

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