GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) CMU freshman Seth Latham has had to learn quick on the mats. The local has had some highs like getting a shutout win over a nationally ranked wrestler, but he also has gone through some growing pains.
"Seth started out strong at the beginning of the year," said CMU wrestling coach Chuck Pipher.
But as a freshman, he had still had some room to grow.
"Wrestling is constantly highs and lows. as you get older, you hope your peaks are a little more often than your valleys. But the good thing is, like I've told him, you've had some good peaks as well. Now we just have to start peaking and staying at the top."
"Last week didn't go exactly how i wanted," said Seth Latham. "With the loss I had, it was with a kid I could have beat and I just need to work on the little things. Make sure my set ups are right up to my shots and stuff like that. Thursday I worked on that and I got the win the next day."
The 174 wrestler is 14-10 this season and the mistakes he made early in the year he isn't making now.
"Coming in as a true freshman is nice because I get to wrestle with some of the seniors like Jason Buhr, get good workout partners in," said Latham. "With the seniors, they can help me out, tell me what to expect and have more mat awareness."
Latham has been a student on the mats and he's been eager to put in the time to be great.
"He's paid his dues. He came in all summer long. if we had twenty work outs during the summer, he was here everyday," said Pipher. "It may have been thirty. He didn't miss much and it really paid off for him. He's a sponge right now and he's learning some things on the fly. That's kind of how it goes but he's doing a good job."
The Grand Junction native has been right at home with the Mavericks and he can't wait to wrestle in Brownson for years to come, even if it means dealing with some stress on match days.
"Getting local kids, it's good for your program," said Pipher. "When the local schools are producing college wrestlers, that's awesome. At 174, he's locked that up for this year and we are looking for a huge future for him."
"It was pretty nerve wracking especially bringing in a big crowd," said Latham. "Being from Grand Junction, I had my parents come and a lot of family and friends. It's nerve wracking wrestling in front of them but it's definitely fun and I look forward to doing it these next four years."