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The Art of Recruiting for Bozeman Wrestling

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The Bozeman wrestling team had 28 guys at practice today. But if he didn't recruit guys to be on the team, Coach Laslovich thinks there'd be 10 guys at practice. It's just not a visible sport.


"Wrestling a lot of people don't even know about it when they're growing up they haven't been around it. They might be from another place or they might not have experience with it so you have to talk to them about it. It's not like it's on TV," said Bozeman head coach Nate Laslovich.

Coach Las used to recruit just anybody. Not anymore.

"I just like guys that are tough. Physically that are tough. Mentally tough guys that you can kind of tell if they're going to be able to handle it," said Laslovich.

The wrestlers notice the impact that recruiting has had.

"It's awesome to see those kids that wouldn't have wrestled, wrestle because of him. He's just not afraid to talk to anyone. His mentality is just hey you should come wrestle that's just how he is," said senior Keavon Buckley.

"He really knows where to go and what guys he wants on the team. He follows through with everything with grades and dedication and everything so he definitely picks the right kids to come out and practice," said senior Michael Bertelsen.

This is Coach Las's closing argument for why you should wrestle.

"People are paying money for MMA and people are paying money for Cross Fit and you do it here for free. So it's like it's a great selling point to get guys in the room because we get a great workout they're going to leave in the best shape they've ever been in," said Laslovich.

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