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Wilson twins look to complete journey as state champions

Twin brothers and Rogers High School wrestling team members Troy, left, and Ty Wilson square off last week during practice at the high school.
Twin brothers and Rogers High School wrestling team members Troy, left, and Ty Wilson square off last week during practice at the high school. lgiles@gateline.com

There is a dream Ty and Troy Wilson have had for a long time. It’s more like a vision — one of them reaching the top, together.

In February, that dream almost became a reality at Mat Classic XXVII in the Tacoma Dome when the twins reached the Class 4A state finals. But in a twist of fates, only Ty walked away as a state champion, in the 152-pound weight class.

All Troy could do was watch on after taking runner-up at 145 pounds in controversial fashion.

“I was very disappointed with the ref’s decision with the match,” Troy said of February’s results. “I was out of time, but there’s nothing I can do about the call they made.”

Nothing but get better than he was before.

Now it’s a new mission for these Rogers High seniors in their quest to reach the podium together, cementing that vision they set years ago.

We’ve both trained our entire wrestling career for this state tournament. I don’t see any less.

Ty Wilson

“(It’s us) both with blue ribbons,” Ty said of their joint dream. “I believe it’s going to happen. We’ve both trained our entire wrestling career for this state tournament. I don’t see any less.”

It took some time for the Wilsons to get over the results at the Dome. Even with a championship, Troy’s loss was Ty’s as well. After all, they are identical twins who are as close as brothers can be.

“I probably get more worked up watching Troy’s matches because I can’t do anything about them — like the coaches,” Ty said. “(You) can’t help the wrestler once they’re on the mat (so), I was just a spectator.”

This quest these two elite Ram wrestlers have been on has only strengthened that bond, making them closer than ever heading into their final season with Rogers. And with that bond, both Wilsons feel they can finally complete that journey.

But the road to get back to the Dome started months ago, only days after Mat Classic XXVII ended.

Sitting back and doing little work to improve is not the Wilson brothers’ style. It’s just not in the twins’ DNA. They are competitors. So they went to work, 24-7, in the attempt to achieve their motto they set out at the start of their careers: bigger, faster and stronger on the mat.

“I want to decisively win matches. I’m not going to leave it up to someone else’s decision,” Troy said. “I’m going to go out there and wrestle my best — put my money where my mouth is.”

Sure, an entire season of Rogers wrestling is still left, but the twins are keeping their eyes set on what can possibly happen in February.

They both dream of bigger things, and why shouldn’t they? After all, their vision is within reach.

I’m going to go out there and wrestle my best — put my money where my mouth is.

Troy Wilson

Coming up Roses

The Wilson twins had a heck of a weekend down in Portland for the Rose City Wrestling Championships.

Both brothers came away with a championship — Ty at 160 pounds and Troy at 152 — to kick off their joint championship quest.

“I went and hugged and shook my coaches’ hands before running over to Troy after his win,” Ty said. “I slapped each of his hands before hugging him on his win. It was a great to celebrate with him.”

As Ty picked up pins in the first two rounds before picking up wins in the semifinals and finals with decisions, Troy left no doubt in Portland. As he walked into the championship, Troy made a simple promise to his Rogers coaches: The belt was going home with him.

“I told the coaches that belt was going to be mine,” Troy said.

And after picking up a pin in each of his matches, Troy completed that promise and became a champion at the Rose City.

“It feels incredible to go out and win the way I did,” Troy said. “To win with Ty only makes the moment better.”

Their victories in Portland is only the start of great things for these two Rams. With time, this first step can lead to greater things down the road.

“Hopefully it leads to us sharing the podium at state,” Ty said. “That is what we’re working on accomplishing together.”

“I’m doing everything I can. I’m working overtime to get there with him,” Troy added.

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