SHERIDAN — By now, hearing the name Cody Delk followed by something like “he went 10-or 12-0 at a tournament” isn’t much of a surprise.
This time, consider that the senior two-time All-American Sheridan High School wrestler managed such a feat in a foreign country against some of the world’s best.
After reaching the title of All-American for the second year in a row with a sixth place finish this past April at the 2013 National High School Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Va., Delk traveled to Australia this month where he went 12-0, winning both legs of the freestyle wrestling competition Down Under Sports.
“There were a lot of people that helped me in the community, and that was a real blessing that they did,” Delk was quick to point out. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”
The trip to the 2013 Down Under Sports wrestling event held during the first week of July required a significant amount of fundraising, and Delk said the Sheridan community pitched in significantly.
Since the high school season wrapped up, in order to prepare for nationals, between jobs, Delk spent a good portion of his free time up in the SHS sweat room with fellow wrestler Tory Music and his head coach Tyson Shatto. Delk said he finally took some time off from training after Virginia.
While Shatto was sidelined from coaching as he took time with his and his wife’s newborn baby, assistant coach Scott Cleland whipped Delk back into shape. Then, Delk was off to Australia by himself — a dream trip for an elite 18-year-old athlete.
“It was a lot of fun, there were a lot of kids from the U.S., some from Australia and New Zealand,” Delk said. “I just approached it like another tournament and did the best I could. It was fun.”
The event included an individual and team dual tournament sections. Delk dropped down to 182 after spending his junior season at 220-pounds for the Broncs. He was at 182 in Virginia, and he didn’t miss a beat down under, where he eventually breezed through fellow Wyoming grappler Brett Butler of Pinedale by technical fall, 11-0, and pinned Lakota Laughter of Arizona in the final round robin format to guarantee his individual crown. He downed Joshua Newbill of Washington in the final of the dual tournament bracket.
The tournament was kind to Wyoming wrestlers as Jacob Wells of Saratoga (220-285 pounds) and Rudy Batista of Riverton (160-170) each placed second out of dual tournament brackets.
Now, back in Sheridan, Delk moves back to the football field where he’s a two-time All-State selection at defensive lineman.
Opposing quarterbacks take notice.