South Dakota's high school wrestling teams hit the mats on Monday and several area wrestlers are hoping for big seasons.
And as Jeff Voss shows us, this week's Athlete of the Week is among them and is setting his sights higher than just a state title.
Lance Pearson says, "And that's one of the biggest things that we're going to miss is that tenacious attitude to break a guys' will."
That tenacity has paid off for Colby Kost as he enters his fifth and final year as a member of the Rapid City Central Wrestling program.
Colby Kost says, " I kind of take it hard when this my last year of high school wrestling. I definitely want to put it all out there and do the best I can."
Kost entered the Central wrestling program when he was just an 8th grader and from the start of his career he was squaring off against wrestlers much older than him.
Pearson says, " A lot of times we bring those eighth graders up and they are fortunate enough to wrestle in the lighter weight class. Colby was never one of those kids. He was alwasy right up in the middle of things. Where you have a lot of upper classmen."
Kost has recently signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Augustana college and its a former Cobbler and current Augie Viking who has a record that Kost is chasing
Kost says, "One thing that has really stood is Aero Amo. He's also at Augie he set the season pin record pretty high for Central and that's a goal I've been going for."
Kost also hopes to be named the outstanding Class "A" wrestler of the year for his senior season, and he's had to wait his turn to be an outstanding member on the Cobblers.
Pearson says, " This is his fifth year being with us. He has been stuck behind some really talented kids, Haden Hason for his first couple years and the Zach Salano and him were battling out for postions the last couple."
The waiting and battling it out with his own teammates is a lesson learned for Kost who can share that experience with the younger wrestlers.
Kost says, "I was able to prepare for that and it helped me improve so I can definitely hand that to the younger kids they can keep on the tradtion of Cobbler wrestling."
Kost's teammates have also benefited from being able to practice with him over the last few years.
Bridger Craye says, " He's a good partner to have, works hard, and he's really tough to wrestle with he's really solid with his technique."
But its not only the current teammates that Kost has inspired.
Kost says, "Younger kids in Cobbler kids wrestling program they usually don't stick it out. But hopefully I can provide motivation for those kids to stick it out all through High school."
And it is that work ethic and tenacious attitude that sets the bar for this years Cobbler wrestling team.
"So he's done a great job styaing focused, being patient doing what's best for the team. He's just been a great team leader for our program. So that trickles down and everybody understands it. Hey if he's got to work that hard to get better. I can work hard also."
Congratulations to Kolby Kost this week's Powerade Athlete of the week.
For Black Hills Fox Sports I'm Jeff Voss