Individually, Troy and Ty Wilson couldn’t make the move alone.
And how could the Wilson twins after spending a lifetime together working out, wrestling, traveling and — perhaps most importantly — serving as each other’s security blankets?
It’s no wonder the pair decided to sign with National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Kansas Wesleyan University wrestling after completing two of the greatest careers in Rogers High School history.
“We’re kind of each other’s security blankets. If I was going to move out there with someone, I want (Troy) to be there with me experiencing the same things,” Ty said.
What they will experience is the program’s second season in school history under second-year coach Jimmy May.
The new program, the new equipment provided to the university, and a coach that is known to challenge his recruits are all elements which appealed to the Wilson twins in the as they searched for the best fit at the next level.
“They have a beautiful new weight room for the wrestling program. That really stood out to me because we get to kind of break it in,” Troy said of the facility in Salina, Kansas.
The Midwest is known for college wrestling, so it will be a challenge the Wilsons have yet to face on a regular basis. But it’s one the twins feel they are more than up to.
“It will be nice facing different people we haven’t seen before,” Troy said.
“It’s something I think we wanted to face. Something new for us,” Ty said of the challenge.
And it’s about showing what the Northwest wrestling scene is all about, an emphasis each intend to make while they wrestle at Kansas Wesleyan.
Rogers had more than just the Wilsons sign on the Rams’ late Signing Day ceremony.
Joining the Wilsons are Braden Hannold (basketball, Centralia College), Brandon Jesse (baseball, Tacoma Community College), Kaleb Miles (soccer, Northwest Christian), Derric Floyd (soccer, NW Christian), Kinkade Barreiro (soccer, NW Christian), Owen Nwankolo (soccer, Warner Pacific), Cooper Grey (soccer, Northwest University) and Parker Elliot (soccer, Saint Martin’s University).