Last week two Vashon wrestlers competed in USA Wrestling’s Regional Championships in Poc-atello, Idaho, and one young islander won the highly competitive Triple Crown award.
At the championships, Hunter Burger, 13, and Adrian St. Germain, 12, competed in three different tournaments involving three different styles of wrestling: Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman.
The two boys qualified to compete in regionals at the state championships in Tacoma in April. Last week in Pocatello they went up against the top wrestlers from 11 Western states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Hunter competed with courage and won a combined three matches throughout the week.
“Hunter has improved immensely and is turning into a very good wrestler,” said coach Per-Lars Blomgren.
Adrian won the championships in all three styles of wrestling, earning the coveted Triple Crown award. Adrian not only won every match with ease — his closest match was 7-0 — but he also demolished the number one-ranked wrestler in the country three times, once in each style. He also won the Triple Crown at the state competition earlier this year.
“Adrian is proving to be one of the best wrestlers in the country,” Blomgren said.
Both Hunter and Adrian compete with the Vashon Rockbusters wrestling club and McMurray Middle School’s wrestling team.
During the off-season, they represent Vashon at the Pin City Wrestling Club, which is based in Seattle.