May 15, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Regional Training Center accepted its first full-time resident as Clayton Foster will become the first wrestler to utilize the facility to train for international competition.
Foster, who wrestled at Oklahoma State from 2007-11, will train at the WRTC in Laramie. Foster was a two-time All-America honoree and was an NCAA finalist at 197 pounds in 2011. He won the freestyle bronze medal in the 96-kilogram weight class at the 2008 FILA Junior World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. He earned his spot on the U.S. Junior World Team by dominating his bracket at the FILA Junior World Team Trials. Foster also was the 2006 Fargo junior freestyle national champion.
Also known as the Cowboy Wrestling Club, the program already had been established as a charter wrestling club by USA Wrestling. The Cowboy Wrestling Club is based out of the UniWyo Sports Complex. The certification as a regional training center allows Olympic hopefuls at any age group to train in Laramie to compete in international competitions.
The Wyoming Regional Training Center is one of 16 sites throughout the nation."I coached Clayton at OSU and I know firsthand how talented he is and I have no doubt he will represent the WRTC well," Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. "When we created the WRTC, we envisioned a place for elite level athletes to train. We want our current student-athletes to be surrounded with wrestlers who have achieved success and who are driven to make U.S. National Teams and win medals for their country.
"We also want to have a place where UW wrestlers can choose to extend their wrestling careers beyond their college years and hopefully, we will have a few alumni join Clayton in the quest to be an Olympic champion."