He's a natural leader. He leads by example first, so all the hard work and commitment that he's made to the sport of wrestling, he's put right back into the team.

Tanner is a tenacious competitor with a strong will. He learned early on that conditioning can put you on a level playing field and he has always been in fantastic shape. Tanner has a remarkable set of lungs, he can just go and go. That enables him to control the tempo of the bout, to take the fight to the other individual.

John has really stepped up. We always knew he was capable, it's all about confidence.

Joe Baker really set the stage. For Joe to open up the match that way was tremendous.

Tanner had to step up to fill a hole and he rose to the occasion.

It was really a great win. We were prepared physically, we were prepared mentally and we were prepared strategically.

Tanner is a coach's dream. He works hard, is always striving to improve, and leads by example. Tanner is a rock-steady performer. You know exactly what you're going to get every time he steps on the mat. He will give his very best effort from start to finish.

Boy, the kids really got the job done. I'm really proud of the way we competed. Our preparation the last two weeks has been outstanding. The guys really put their heart and soul into (practice) and it paid off.

We pride ourselves on being in shape. There's not a team in the country that can out-condition us.