Pawhuska High School wrestler signs with Cowley College

Mike Erwin |
Pawhuska High School wrestling state champion Levi Youngwolfe signed a letter of intent with Cowley College of Arkansas City, Kan. Seated from left is PHS head wrestling coach Brian Edwards, Youngwolfe and his mother, Chastity Griggs. Also shown is Beau Vest, the Cowley College coach.

Pawhuska High School

Levi Youngwolfe is expecting to play a big role for the new wrestling program at Cowley College.

Despite having a long and rich sports history, the community college in Arkansas City, Kan., has never had a wrestling program.

The school announced in October that it would add wrestling this fall, Cowley County’s Athletic Director Shane Larson feels the Tigers are long overdue to hit the mats.

Things really started coming together for the program in March, when Beau Vest was hired as Cowley’s first head wrestling coach. Last month, Ark City High School senior heavyweight Tyler Shannon became the program’s first recruit.

Last week’s signing of Pawhuska High School 126-pound state champion Youngwolfe represents a smaller but equally significant piece to Vest’s wrestling puzzle at Cowley County.

In his four-year wrestling career at PHS, Youngwolfe won 115 matches while losing just nine. After a solid and sometimes spectacular freshman campaign, he finsihed third in the state as a sophomore. Youngwolfe was 34-4 and a state runnerup as a junior. Last season, he went 32-1 en route to claiming his elusive first state title.

Larson is looking forward to having Vest lead the Tiger wrestling program.

“Beau has competed at the highest level at every institution he has been at and the fact he was interested in starting a wrestling program at Cowley goes to show the potential there is,” Larson said.

Prior to coaching at Midland University Vest returned home to serve as head wrestling coach at Topeka High School in Topeka, Kan., for six years where he coached 11 state medalists, three state finalists and two state champions. He was also a member of the Team Kansas Cadet Freestyle/Greco National Coaching staff.