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Kelly Walsh’s Analu Benabise signs with Wyoming wrestling | Local News


Kelly Walsh’s Analu Benabise signs with Wyoming wrestling | Local News

Kelly Walsh’s Analu Benabise points to the stands after winning the 138-pound title match of the 2018 Wyoming State High School Class 4A Wrestling Championships at the Casper Events Center. He will wrestle for the University of Wyoming.

Kelly Walsh’s Analu Benabise has known for months where he was going to college. Wednesday, the senior made it official, signing his Letter of Intent to wrestle at the University of Wyoming.

“I watched a lot of their duals the last couple of years,” Benabise said at his signing day ceremony at Kelly Walsh High School. “And I was there last year when they beat Northern Colorado and I got to tour the facilities and was really impressed.”

Benabise is also impressive. A three-time Class 4A state champion for the Trojans, he enters his final high school season with an overall record of 148-12. He won state titles at 138 as a freshman and 145 pounds as both a sophomore and junior, when Kelly Walsh also won team titles.

Even more impressive was Benabise’s performance at the 2019 Cowboy Open at UW. Competing in the amateur division primarily against first-year college wrestlers, Benabise finished third at 149 pounds.

Kelly Walsh junior Analu Benabise commits to Wyoming wrestling

“That was super-beneficial for me,” Benabise said.

“To go out and get third place against kids that are all college-quality kids,” Kelly Walsh head coach Travis Peak told the Star-Tribune back in April, “any college when they look at that will say, ‘Look how many college guys didn’t place and this high school kid got third.’ I think that turned some heads.”