Tanner Abbas leaves his mark in Cowboy wrestling history

Tanner Abbas poises with his four state medals, being the first Cowboy wrestler since 1938 to place all four years at state. Above him are the team trophies he was a part of over that same time.

It is certainly no secret that the history of Cowboy wrestling at this school is rich, with several state champions and many placewinners among the list of names that have worn the red and black singlets. One of the seniors on this year’s team has had a big part in his team’s successes over those four years, and now adds his name as a four-time medalist in Des Moines. That is an achievement that many high school wrestlers dream about and work very hard to make, but only a select few realize it.

Tanner Abbas, son of Jeremy and Sara Abbas of Kanawha, climbed the medal stand yet again last month to become the first Cowboy wrestler since 1938 to conclude every year of his high school career that way. He took fourth in 2015 as a freshman, then sixth in 2016. After two steps up again to fourth last year, he took fourth this year to complete the feat. Along the way, he also reached a possible record 150-plus wins which may stand for some time to come.

“That first time in 2105 set the standard for me,” said Abbas. “I just thought I would do it for the next three years. My placing showed the improvement I’ve made. Even with fourth place, I still believe I’m the best in my weight class. It gave me the mindset and something to work for.”


For the full story, see the March 22 edition of the Wright County Monitor.