Top Performer: Kolby Kost

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Without a doubt, Kolby Kost is one of the top wrestlers in Class A at 170 pounds.

However, the Rapid City Central senior has experienced a minor setback this season, but his dream of winning a state title is still very much alive.

Kost broke his hand in early January while competing at the Rotary Tournament in Bismarck, North Dakota. However, the injury hasn't prevented Kost from continuing to chase his dream.

The senior has tapered his workouts to get ready for the post-season.

In fact, Kost is optimistic that he'll be able to wrestle in the Region 4A Tournament coming up on February 17 in Rapid City.

"I'm still keeping up my work ethic," Kolby Kost said. "I'm doing what I can in practice. I'm shadow wrestling. Doing conditioning with them. Warming up. Usually just trying to stay in shape for now until I get the cast off. Then I'll be able to participate in more contact activities and be able to wrestle live and then I'll be back by then."

Last year, Kost lost to Braiden Nelson from Aberdeen Central in the finals at the State A Wrestling Tournament.

This season, Kost is on track to make it back to the championship match.

Kost is 35-1 on the year with his only loss coming against Brett Brenton from Casper Natrona during the finals at the Rapid City Invitational.

Through all of his success though, Kost has stayed grounded.

"He's a great student," Rapid City wrestling coach Lance Pearson. "Taking a lot of AP classes. Some dual enrollment classes. I want to say out of his class of 300 plus students, he ranks in the top 20. So he's a very knowledgeable student and he knows where he wants to go outside of the wrestling room too. The biggest thing with Kolby is he doesn't do anything half way. Everything he does is pretty focused and determined" 

Next year, Kost will wrestle for Augustana University in Sioux Falls.

Congratulations to Kolby Kost on being named a NewsCenter1 Top Performer.

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