Grand Meadow senior wins two wrestling titles
Published 10:19 pm Monday, April 27, 2015
Grand Meadow senior Wyatt Richardson had a big weekend on the wrestling mat as he won the 195-pound title at the state Greco-Roman wrestling championships in Forest Lake, Minn. Saturday and he won the 195-pound title at the Minnesota State Freestyle wrestling championships Sunday in Forest Lake.
Richardson went 6-0 on the weekend and he prevailed against some of the top wrestlers in the state.
“It was pretty tough and I was pretty sore,” Richardson said. “My practice partner Michael Otomo [of Dover-Eyota] kept me going and he kept me distracted so I wouldn’t think about things too much.”
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In the Greco-Roman championships, Richardson won with a 10-0 tech. fall in the first round, he picked up an 11-4 win in the second round and he won the championship with a 10-0 tech. fall.
In the Freestyle, Richardson pinned state champion Jack Striggow of Orono at the 3:49 mark, he beat No. 2 ranked Luke Dodd of Eastview with a 13-2 tech. fall and he won 10-0 by tech. fall over Mason Hawkin of Pinnacle wrestling in 58 seconds in the finals.
Richardson is more comfortable wrestling Greco, but he was able to pick it up in the Freestyle Sunday.
“I thought I was going to come in a bit more rusty than I was. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out,” Richardson said.
Richardson, who is planning on wrestling at Augsburg College next year, has qualified for two Minnesota National Dual Teams. He will compete in Oklahoma in June and Fargo, ND in July.
“I’m pretty excited,” Richardson said of his summer schedule. “I’ll get to meet some new guys and be around a bunch of guys that love the same sport.”