Prep wrestling: Brighton out to rebuild strong foundation

Prep wrestling • Brighton won consecutive state titles from 1978 to 1988.
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There is a sign on the ceiling of the Brighton wrestling room that reads, "If you can see this, you're not working hard enough."

As the sparring partner for two-time state champion Rami Haddadin, who now is at Boise State, Bengals senior Scott Seiter has seen that sign too many times to count.

Seiter, who finished fifth at the recently completed Layton Invitational, is taking the lessons learned from Haddadin to take his game to the next level.

"Rami helped me a lot with position and technique and just overall work ethic," Seiter said.

There are plenty of other signs that adorn the walls of the Brighton practice room, including one that commemorates the Bengals' state consecutive championships from 1978 to 1988.

First-year coach Taylor Allen is intent on bringing the program back to the elite levels it once enjoyed more than 20 years ago.

"There are a lot of old-timers around here that remember that kind of success, and everyone has been very supportive of our efforts," Allen said.

The Bengals likely won't be bringing home any state championships this season. The roster is young with 35 wrestlers out for the team, 25 of whom are either freshmen or sophomores.

"We've got a lot of talented kids out, but we're just very raw and young at this point," Allen said.

He said the key to the success of any program is building the youth program and seeing steady and consistent effort from coaches from top to bottom.

"Those kids that are in second grade right now, those are the ones we're after," he said. "It takes about seven years to get this turned around and won't take long for those second-graders to become ninth-graders."

Allen named sophomore Luke Davis as one of the team's captains. He, heavyweight Nick Giles and Seiter make for one of the youngest lineups in 5A wrestling.

"We need to come to practice every day and battle and keep working on the little things," Seiter said. —

Brighton wrestling

First-year Brighton coach Taylor Allen is intent on bringing the Bengals program back to the success it enjoyed in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Brighton senior Scott Seiter perfected his craft against two-time state champion Rami Haddadin, now at Boise State.

The team is very young, with 25 of the 35 wrestlers on the team being either freshmen or sophomores.