Duchesne High School senior Gatlen Farnsworth knew in the first grade that wrestling was going to be a big part of his life.
“My whole family just wrestled,” Farnsworth said. “I have always just wanted, and tt was kind of expected that I wrestled.” He explained his career has been a roller coaster, but he wouldn’t change it for anything.
“There have been times when I didn’t like it,” Farnsworth said. “When I was little, I loved it.” Farnsworth said a turn ing point came was when he won a state junior high school wrestling title in the eighth grade.
“After that I knew that this was my thing,” he ex – plained. “The three years before that in junior high I had made it to the finals. I lost by one or two points every time. To break that curse was awesome. That was cool.” He has made the high school state wrestling finals his first three years.
Farnsworth won his state title his sophomore season at 113 pounds. He finished second his freshman and junior cam paigns. “When I won my soph omore year it was the same kid that beat me the year before by one,” Farnsworth said. “I was up by four or five points and then I pinned him. It was really fun.” Farnsworth dropped a 5-4 heartbreaking deci – sion last year in the finals at 126 pounds.
“It was awful to get sec – ond by one point,” Farn – sworth said. “I think about the match all time and all the things that went on during the match.” Duchesne coach Ken Lym said Farnsworth is one of the team captains this season.
“Gatlen is a huge impact for the team,” Lym said. “He leads us in almost every aspect that we do. He is a very valuable kid. We love to have him in the room.” The avid wrestler hasn’t lost a step this year. He has posted a 33-3 mark in the 126-pound class.
“It has been so fun,” Farnsworth said. “The ones that I lost have been close matches. I could be undefeated right now.” Farnsworth competed in the annual Ross Brunson All-Star Dual at Utah Valley University in Orem Jan. 10.
The duals feature the best wrestlers from all the different classifications.
“It’s a really cool atmo – sphere,” Farnsworth said.
Farnsworth dropped a 9-8 decision to Dax Nicoll from Canyon View at 138 pounds.
With the score tied at 8-8, Farnsworth said the officials called him for stalling with two seconds left to give Nicoll the victory.
“He was a tough kid,” Farnsworth. “He was good on bottom. He could escape.” Farnsworth’s mission is to end the season with a state title.
“I’m willing to do any thing to take state this year,” he said. “The drive comes from family and friends. They want to see me succeed. I would really just like to end my high school wrestling career on a win.” Farnsworth said wres – tling is the hardest sport he has played in high school.
“Wrestling takes a lot of physical and mental con – ditioning, but I love every second of it,” Farnsworth said.
The senior was a starting linebacker the past two seasons for the Duchesne football team.
“It was awesome being a part of the football team,” Farnsworth said. “I played linebacker because that is where my coaches thought I would do best.” He played a key role when the Eagles knocked off Layton Christian Acad emy for the state Class 1A football title in 2021.
“I had so many emotions in that game,” Farnsworth said. “It was really fun.” Farnsworth said Duch esne High School is the perfect place for him to be.
“I like being in a small town,” he explained. “You get to know everyone. It’s fun to interact with the younger kids. It’s just fun to know they look up to you.”