The future of the Institute of Combat appears to be in good hands.
At least on the wrestling mats.
This past weekend, four of the IOC youth wrestlers traveled to compete at the Wild West Folkstyle Tournament in Sacramento, with all four turning in impressive showings in their season debuts .
“For us, it was our first tournament of the season and it was good for our kids to see where we’re at,” IOC wrestling coach Cass Bell said. “And I get to see what we need to do.”
Six-year-old Tanner Baxter had the top showing of the weekend, placing first in the Bantam 50 division and second in Bantam 45.
Seven-year-old Dakota Bestul placed third in the Bantam 60/65, weighing in at 55.7 pounds, while nine-year-old Kaidan Bell placed second in Intermediate 65/70, and second in Novice 60/65 after moving up an age group.
And rounding the impressive showing for the Arcata club, seven-year-old Taylor Bell placed second in Bantam 55 and third in Bantam 50 after having to forfeit the match for second place (injury) when she was leading on points.
“It was just a fun little tournament for us to get ready for the season,” Cass Bell said.