Usually, success in an upper-middle wrestling weight is reserved for junior and senior athletes.
Tell that to Rogers freshman Ryan Anstrom.
The Pirate newcomer went unbeaten in eight Greater Spokane League matches, split between 158 and 168 pounds. Though seeded second in the District 8 tournament he avenged an earlier loss to Central Valley’s Courtney Brown to win the 158-pound championship.
“The first time we wrestled I didn’t know what to do. I kind of tied up and played his game,” Anstrom said. “This time I shot.”
Anstrom, obviously, is an uncommon freshman. Influenced by his state-placing father Tom, who went to high school in Western Washington, he took to the sport at an early age.
“He’s been pretty involved for a lot of years,” said his coach, Walt Arnold. “He’s had thousands of freestyle matches.”
Arnold said his weaknesses were an inability to get away from underneath and to ride while on top.
“Once he picked that up he’s been wrestling with a lot of confidence,” said Arnold.
The result is a top seed into this weekend’s Region IV tourney at CV.
“It feels good,” said Anstrom.
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