Student-Athlete of the Week

March 25, 2013

Athlete of the Week

Tyler Cox

You just earned your first All-America honor over the weekend in Des Moines in your first trip to the national tournament. How are you feeling about your performance at NCAAs?

I'm super stoked! I trained hard all year and it was nice to get rewarded at the end.

Describe the environment at an NCAA Wrestling Championship. Is it easy to be distracted by the surroundings and how do you stay focused on your match?

It's crazy! There are signs everywhere with the national logo on it and tons of people. I used my coaches and music mainly to stay focused.

You also wrestled well at the NCAA West Regional a few weeks ago. What did you do to both mentally and physically prepare to build momentum toward the end of the season?

Just kept focusing on my goals and training hard!

From these recent successes at big-time tournaments, what have you learned you need to do to progress moving forward?

Just keep training hard and listen to my coaches; they know how to win and know what it takes.

Out of high school, you had a few offers from other programs. What ultimately led you to choose your native state of Wyoming?

Coach Branch! I believe in what he wants to do here and want to help him achieve it!

When did you start wrestling, and when did you realize it was a sport you could go somewhere with?

I started when I was four. I first realized it was my sport when I won my first kids state title. I think I was eight or nine.

What do you enjoy doing with any free time you have outside of wrestling and school?

I like to be outdoors, snowboarding, and spending time with my team and family

What did you enjoy most about growing up in the state of Wyoming?

I loved being so close to the mountains

Although it's a couple of years away, what are your career plans with a degree in criminal justice?

I want to become a police officer and see how that goes, but I want to eventually go into the FBI.