LARAMIE – Given that he had roughly 10 minutes to prepare himself for what would inevitably be among the toughest moments of his coaching career, it was probably for the best Mark Branch didn’t have time to prepare a speech.

Branch has been the University of Wyoming’s head wrestling coach for 12 years. He’s seen it all, both in his time as a coach and as a national championship wrestler at Oklahoma State. He and five of his wrestlers were set to head to the NCAA championships Tuesday, an annual rite of passage for the best athletes in the sport.

Michael Katz covers the University of Wyoming for WyoSports. He can be reached at or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @michaellkatz.

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