"Eventually, there's just going to be a new normal," Cloud said. "Things will never be the same. We'll never get back to the old normal, and we'll never forget him."
Downing isn't sure whether she'll be helping the program heal from Kriebel's loss, or whether the team will be helping her. Or if there's any difference between the two.
For the first time in her life, there's no long-term plan. She has no idea how long her stay in Pendleton will be, and she's fine with that.
She knows she'll coach with as much passion as she can. She knows she'll give generously of her extensive knowledge of the sport. And she knows, somewhere along the way, she and the Arabians will begin to heal.
No matter where she's been in the world, no matter what she's accomplished, the road always seems to lead back to Kriebel and the Pendleton Heights wrestling room.
"When I first stepped in that room, being a girl, I fell in love with wrestling," Downing said. "All I ever wanted to do was wrestle. Coming back in a coaching position, I very much want to continue that spirit of wrestling that Krieb left. And I'll do that by being myself. He's so much a part of who I am."