Tyler Wells’ early journey to wrestling stardom began back in first grade.
That’s when his mother, Carin Stresemann, stumbled upon youth wrestling in Princeton.
“I actually signed the boys up for wrestling because I saw that it was $35 for the season,” she said. “My three sons could get out during the winter two evenings a week and tumble around to burn off their seemingly endless energy.”
Finding a way to keep her three boys busy during the frigid Minnesota winter at a price of $35 dollars for an entire season, it seemed like a bargain to Stresemann.
However, little did she know that wrestling would become Wells’ passion, love, and possible future.
While Wells has yet to wrestle varsity for Princeton High School, he will be eligible this upcoming season once he enters the eighth grade.
In the meantime, he’s already an incredibly accomplished youth wrestler.
Wells won the state of Minnesota’s triple crown this year by taking first place in all three styles of wresting at State: Folkstyle, Greco and Freestyle.
The most recent of his wrestling accolades has led him to even further success and opportunity.
Wells earned a spot on the Team USA wrestling squad at the U15 level and now has the once in a lifetime chance to represent his country by participating in the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, June 18-19.
Wells earned the rare opportunity after his dominating performance on the way to becoming the national freestyle champion of his weight class.
Although becoming a wrestler may have been happenstance, the results are not.
Wells continues to wrestle for Princeton, but has also joined a couple other clubs, including PINacle Wrestling based out of Shoreview, Minnesota.
With the help of his coaches at PINacle, including Brandon Paulson, a former Olympian, Wells has taken his skills to a higher level.
“Tyler has a passion for the sport and it shows” Paulson said. “He is able to pick up on new techniques right away, and he isn’t afraid to try those new techniques.”
It is for these reasons that many believe that Wells could very well wrestle not only varsity, but in college one day.
“He has the ability to be a Division I, Big Ten Wrestle,” Paulson said.
The Big Ten is known as the premier conference for college wrestling.
“If Tyler continues to love the sport, from a talent standpoint, he can go as far as he would want with the sport,” Paulson added.
If Wells’ body of wrestling work is any sign of things to come, he very well may end up joining his coach as an Olympian.
Wells wants to build a state tournament run here in his hometown, Stressman said.
“We have had many schools approach us to recruit Tyler to a winning AAA high school [program], but we believe that it will mean more to be part of building Princeton’s wrestling program and be a big part of Princeton as a team making it to state,” she said.
In a day and age where many athletes do leave their first team, Wells has gone against the grain.
According to Stressman, Wells’ loyalty to Princeton runs deep, and with the type of work ethic he has, one would not want to bet against Princeton’s varsity wrestling team making state in the years to come.
Wells practices six days a week, and adores every second of it, Stressman said. He stays busy traveling all over the nation for wrestling.
Fitness is obviously his top priority, but Wells still enjoys his limited time off.
When Wells isn’t wrestling or traveling to a new city, he enjoys fishing or spending time with his family.
Wells’ next opportunity to wrestle, the U15 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, does carry a number of additional costs for him and his family
There is no financial support for young wrestlers from USA Wrestling to attend the event.
In an attempt to raise enough money for the trip, Tyler’s mom has started a Go Fund Me campaign.
The hope is to raise enough money to bring Tyler, along with his two brothers, and of course, Mom and Dad.
Without the help from this drive to finance the trip, Wells’ family would not be able to be there for one of his biggest matches of his wrestling career.
Those looking to support Wells and his family’s trip to Budapest for the World Wrestling Championships should visit gofundme.com. Search for Tyler Wells Wrestling.