He finished second.
He lost to a four time state champion by a score of 11-0.
And he wrestled well…
The first period was exciting. Both wrestlers were in trouble several times in the first period but each time managed to fight the other off. The champion finally scored a takedown at time expired to take a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.
My son chose the down position for the second period and that is where he lost the match. Twice the champion turned him on his back and was close to pinning him but Big A valiantly fought him off. The second period ended with my son trailing 10-0.
The champion started the third period in down position and quickly escaped to make it 11-0. The rest of the match was spent with both on them trying to take the other down with no success.
Before the match, my son told me that he was going to try a new move. I didn’t say anything but I thought “Why don’t you try it against somebody who isn’t that good. You’re wrestling the three time state champion!” because it was a difficult, risky move.
In the third period, after the champ had escaped, they were on their feet facing each other. The champ had grasped Big A’s neck with his right arm to try and control him. Big A then threw whipped his arm over the champ’s arm and spun 360° and grabbed the champ’s leg. The crowd oohed and aahed but the champion was again able to fight him off and they went out of bounds. Even though it didn’t work, my son was smiling as he walked back to the center of the mat. I think he was feeling His pleasure.
As time expired, Big A threw his arm in the air and held up three fingers. He lasted three periods with the champion. Everyone else was pinned by the middle of the second period.
Then he threw both arms up in the air and held up two fingers on each hand. He finished second!
I am glad that he was able to keep a good perspective and enjoy it.
He finished the year 41-8. He made it into the Husky Hall of Fame with his second place finish and he achieved his goal of 50 career wins in just 1 1/4 seasons.