|March 20, 2014
Wrestling champion Cole McArthur shares his skills while at home
Cole McArthur stands in the Event Center in Ronan with the Ronan Middle School wrestling team. The National Junior College Wrestling Champion regularly comes back to his hometown to help teach wrestling. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
By Adriana FehrsCole McArthur stands in the Event Center in Ronan with the Ronan Middle School wrestling team. The National Junior College Wrestling Champion regularly comes back to his hometown to help teach wrestling. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
SPOKANE — Cole McArthur, tribal member, placed fifth in the 174-pound weight class at the Junior College National Wrestling Championships on March 1 in Spokane.
McArthur attended school in Ronan, where he was involved in many athletics. His mother Sarah Decker encouraged him to do sports from the time he started school. He says, “I’ve wrestled since I was in preschool.” While in Middle School, McArthur played basketball and baseball. He went on to play football, wrestling, and baseball in High School – even though a triathlete, he mainly focused on wrestling.
Cole McArthur teaches a Ronan Middle School wrestler some maneuvers. He currently attends the Northwest College in Powell Wyoming; he recently placed fifth at the Junior College National Wrestling Championships in Spokane. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
In his senior year at Ronan High School, he started out his wrestling season at 160 pounds. By the midseason, his coach had bumped him up to the 171-pound weight class. McArthur says, “My coach thought I would do better at a heavier weight.” That proved to be true when he went on to win first place at the class A State Championships, ending his season on a high note.
McArthur continued his education at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. His wrestled for one season there before transferring to Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming
Cole McArthur celebrates another win at the Junior College Wrestling Championship in Spokane. McArthur says he's been wrestling since preschool, where he started out in the little wrestlers program in Ronan. (Photo courtesy of Cole McArthur)
His second wrestling season at Northwest College, McArthur says, “It was a battle, last season I was guaranteed a starting position on the team, and this year I had to battle for my position at 174 pounds.” McArthur claimed his position and continued on his season. “The coaches told me I was improving every week. It was intense, I was training two times a day, every day, doing two hour sessions.”
He says managing academics with wrestling is hard but he is doing well. McArthur is currently studying Physical Education to become a teacher.
Later in his second season at Northwest College, McArthur placed first in his weight class at the West Regional tournament in Rock Springs, Wyoming on February 15. This propelled him onto the Junior College National Wrestling Championships in Spokane Washington.
Cole McArthur low-fives his coach at the Junior College National Wrestling Championships. McArthur, a Ronan High School graduate and Sophomore at Northwest College in Powell Wyoming, attributes his success to all of his coaches. (Photo courtesy of Cole McArthur)
At Nationals, McArthur says he was nervous, which caused him to lose his first match. It was an uphill battle after that. “The coaches told me I could still place, it would be hard, I would have to win most of the next matches, but it was possible. After I heard that, I got rid of my nerves as just focused on wrestling.” He won the next five matches, putting him back into the placing rounds. McArthur won up to the consolation semi-finals. He lost the match after that, and went on the battle for fifth place, which he won.
He says, “It was a relieve to put a great ending to the season. Winning All American Status felt really good.”
The team as a whole managed to do well. Northwest College placed second as a team at the tournament.
McArthur attributes his success to his coaches, “They helped me so much through the season.”