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Allison awarded 2022 Coach of the Year

Cory Allison was presented with the 2022 Coach of the Year award by the Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association last weekend, in Casper. He was recognized for his outstanding contribution and continual leadership in the development of Wyoming wrestlers.

Cory grew up in Gillette and wrestled for Campbell County High School, graduating in 1993. While growing up, he wrestled in the USA program for many years, attending numerous tournaments and wrestling on the 1992 Cultural Exchange Team, in Germany.

After high school, it wasn't long before he found his way back into the wrestling room. He began helping with the USA programs in Gillette and Moorcroft and in 2002, he took over as the head coach of the Moorcroft Mat Masters Wrestling Club, traveling to a number of local, state, regional and national tournaments with an endless list of wrestlers.

In 2008, he started as an assistant coach for the junior high and high school wrestling teams in Moorcroft with coaches Charlie Williams and TJ Bartell. Under these three coaches, the team excelled, winning eight consecutive state championships from 2013-2020.

This dynamic trio has also posted 15 individual state champions and 85 state placers. During this time, Cory has had the opportunity to coach his three sons to state championships: Tanner in 2013, Tate in 2016 and Tucker in 2017 and 2018 and his nephew Toby Reynolds in 2015. He has also coached his nephews, Richie, a senior and Riley, a freshman to state placers.

In 2010, Cory was awarded the Wyoming Governor's Award for Excellence from the Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association (WAWA) for recognition of community service and leadership. In 2016, he started assisting with the Wyoming Cadet and Junior National Teams in Fargo and has attended every year since.

In 2018, he was elected to the WAWA board as the Junior Director, which he still holds. He has put together and organized too many wrestling camps to count throughout the state. His primary motivation is and has always been the sole desire to give his best for Wyoming Wrestling.

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