The most decorated athlete in Cabot High School history and the only high school wrestler to win four state titles is taking his talents to the collegiate level.
Tyler Kurz, who has won state titles in four different weight classes, recently signed with Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. The Tigers are members of the NCAA Division II.
OBU was the first college in Arkansas to offer wrestling.
"I chose OBU because they have a good program and nice facilities," said Kurz, who has been wrestling since he was 7 years old. "It’s also close to home and its student-to-teacher ratio is very low, which will make a better learning environment for me."
For Kurz, getting an opportunity to wrestle collegially is a dream come true.
"I’m not exactly sure what I want to major in yet but I’m leaning towards becoming a physical therapist," he said.
Cabot coach Jason Rogers is proud of what Kurz has accomplished.
"This is our first college signee in our wrestling program," he said. "Tyler has set the bar high for all of the future Cabot wrestlers. We are very happy for him and his parents."
Kurz is thankful for everything he’s accomplished.
"I’d just like to thank God for blessing me with this great opportunity," he said. "He’s blessed me with ball the coaches, friends and family for their support throughout my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them."