Is a Hometown Connection the Secret to Moorcroft Wrestling’s Success?
Wrestling since kindergarten and now coaching his hometown team Charlie Williams knows that success doesn’t come easy.
The Moorcroft Wolves are reigning 2A state champions. The wolves have won the title the past seven seasons. Their other two titles were claimed in 1968 and 2005.
Charlie Williams is the coach for the Moorcroft Wolves. Williams started as an assistant in 2003 and has been the head coach since 2010.
I had the opportunity to speak to coach Williams and here is what he told me about his wrestling program and just being the head coach.
“It’s been a little extra special for me to coach in my hometown,” Williams said.
The Wolves seek their tenth title in school history. The wolves will be just the sixth team to have ten or more titles in any conference of Wyoming high school wrestling history.
“We’ve been working all year to get to this point in the season, we expect it will be their best performance all year,” Williams said.
I asked coach Williams about the leadership that the senior wrestlers of Moorcroft have taken on. The team has seven seniors and he highlighted these wrestlers. Rowdy Pfeil, Parker Seeley, Parker Schlater, Wyatt Deters, Darrian Black, Charmayne Delong, and Mica Herrera who are all seniors at Moorcroft.
“We’ve been coaching these guys for seven years now, I’ve seen a lot of these guys grow up,” Williams said.
Coach Williams has been an important piece of the Moorcroft wrestling program. He adamantly believes his wrestlers can compete with anyone regardless of class. The confidence and determination of the program can be an explanation of the team’s success.
“When we go to the tournament, we want to win the matches we’re supposed to win, but when we get to Casper, we’re to going to compete in the matches were not supposed to win and surprise people,” Williams said.
Moorcroft finished first in 2A East regional tournament and look to continue its success at the state wrestling tournament in Casper, Feb. 28-29.