Osborne looks to go undefeated in senior season


Josh Galemore

Senior Reese Osborne makes a move on Moorcroft opponent during Ron Thon Memorial Invitational in Riverton, Wyo.

   Since he could walk, senior Reese Osborne has been on the wrestling mat. His Kenny Osborne and friends have helped to continue to inspire him to stick with wrestling and try new sports and activities throughout his life. Thanks to this variety, Osborne has diversified his character and proved to be a well-rounded and caring individual. 

   The biggest influence throughout life has been the time he has spent wrestling. The sport has helped shape and mold much of his character and personality over the 15 years he has invested in it.  In his first two years, Osborne won only two matches, but his dad helped him stay with the sport and continue to succeed as he got older. “He’s been my number one fan since day one,” said Osborne. 

   While his dad has supported him from the stands, Bronc wrestling head coach Tyson Shatto has been at his corner for all of Osborne’s high school career. Many challenges have faced Osborne, but he feels that two of his biggest hurdles were off of the mat. First, from a young age, he had to navigate the immaturity of his peers who thought the sport was weird and tended to poke fun at him for participating in wrestling. Most likely his largest challenge has been his weight management. Osborne is known to drop significant amounts of weight to allow him to wrestle more competitively. Often wrestlers refer to this process as cutting weight, but Osborne feels that term has a negative connotation to it. In season, he says he manages his weight to ensure he can compete in the class he wants to, but where he is also physically capable to wrestle his best. In the fall season, Osborne plays football for the Broncs. Before his senior year, he was on the fence about whether he would play or not, but he decided to go for it and enjoyed his final season on Homer Scott Field. 

   Looking at the 2020-21 wrestling season, Osborne hopes to step up as an even more energetic and passionate competitor and leader for himself and his team. Since his freshman year, he has wrestled in many different weight classes and has wrestled in three state championship matches. “I have been mat-side and watched Reese’s goals slip away, but have also witnessed him get back up and move forward,” said Shatto. As an individual, Osborne would like to wrestle undefeated and win his second state championship after winning state in the 113 pound weight class. For the Bronc wrestling program, he would like to see the team win the state tournament. He feels confident that he, the other seniors on the team, and the underclassmen can pull together as a team to support each other and accomplish the aspirations he has. 

   Currently, Osborne is enrolled in the internship program at SHS. He has an internship, along with senior Zach Koltiska at EMIT Technologies. Each day presents a new task and a new set of challenges, but these are the reasons Osborne enjoys it so much. At one point he was helping work on a project for Sheridan Motors but working with various computer programs the next day. “What is cool about my internship is that I do something different every single day,” said Osborne. 

   As of right now, Osborne has not put much thought into his plans for after high school, but ideally he would like to wrestle at the division one level. Former Sheridan Bronc Wrestler, now Wyoming Cowboy, Hayden Hastings, has been a big role model for Osborne, who hopes to follow closely in Hasting’s shoes as far as wrestling careers go. For a career, Osborne has considered studying to become a civil engineer, but he does not have any concrete plans yet. He is leaning towards an engineering degree because he feels he is talented at math, and he likes the challenge that engineering would present. 

   When outside of his serious athletics and studies, Osborne is a fun and unique individual to be around. “Reese outside of school is a funny dude who will do a backflip anywhere and at any time,” said Koltiska. With his colorful personality and joke and story telling capabilities, he can make almost any person smile. 

   Looking back on his time at SHS, Osborne has much to say about the impact the school and activities have had on him. He is proud of how far he has come both academically and athletically and hopes to continue to improve himself through college and later life. 

   Osborne is the son of Erin and Kenny Osborne.