Wyatt Wilbourn wasn't expecting this fun of a ride his senior year.
As a student at Plateau Valley High School, Wilbourn didn't really give wrestling a thought even though he enjoyed the sport in the past.
After wrestling as a freshman when he lived in California, Wilbourn simply concentrated on his other sport when the family moved to the Collbran area since the small high school doesn't have a wrestling team.
"I ride bulls in the spring and summer," he said. "But I really like wrestling."
When his dad heard that he could wrestle for the Palisade High School team, Wyatt was ready to jump back into the sport.
"I didn't know I could wrestle for Palisade, so I didn't wrestle my sophomore and junior years," he said.
He's shown steady improvement over the season and has beaten some high-ranked wrestlers later in the season.
During the Screaming Eagle Tournament in Paonia a few weeks ago, he battled his way to a second-place finish at 132 pounds.
"He's really come around," Palisade coach Tanner Ridgway said. "I really wish we would have had him before his senior year."
Wilbourn is having a great time.
"I've won a handful of matches lately after coming into the season kind of out of shape," he said. "I was riding bulls and not wrestling that much. Then I got into shape wrestling with the guys, and now I've even beaten some guys that (have beaten) me before."
Going into this weekend's regional tournament, Wilbourn has a 17-9 record.
It's not an easy schedule for a Plateau Valley student to compete in Palisade.
"I drive down and back everyday for practice, it's about an hour down and an hour back. But it's a good cool down time after practice," he said.
Ridgway said Wilbourn been a great addition to the team.
"His teammates have really welcomed him and he's just having fun and wrestling hard. He's a real scrappy wrestler," Ridgway said.
As for his favorite sport, Wilbourn said the choice is easy.
"I like wrestling a lot better than riding bulls. Wrestling is a lot more competitive, it's more one-on-one with another guy," he said.
With this being his first, and final, wrestling season with Palisade, Wilbourn is enjoying every minute.
"It's been awesome, a lot of fun. My teammates have really taken me in just like I go to Palisade High School," he said. "It's meant a lot to get back into wrestling again, it was my favorite sport, so it's been a lot of fun."