Adrian St. Germain, a seventh-grader at McMurray Middle School, won the state championship in folkstyle wrestling in the 136-pound weight class schoolboy division late last month.
“He’s an exceptional wrestler,” said Per-Lars Blomgren, one of his coaches. “Not only is he a natural wrestler, he works really hard, and he loves the sport.”
Adrian, 13, will participate in the state championship in May in the other two wrestling styles, Greco and freestyle, which will likely take him to regional championships in June in Idaho, according to his mother, Sarah St. Germain.
To win at state last month, St. Germain said, Adrian had to win each of his five matches in one day. In his first match, he was 6 seconds away from having to forfeit because of injury time, but the situation was resolved, and he went on to win that match and all the others.
Adrian started wrestling when he was 4, she said, and is extremely dedicated to the sport, training three to five hours a day and practicing with both the middle and high school teams. At the time of the state competition, he had only been wrestling for three weeks, after recuperating from shoulder surgery, St. Germain added.
Blomgren noted that Adrian is fortunate to have good workout partners his size and weight at middle school.
Blomgren, who is also one of Adrian’s teachers at McMurray, noted that he has coached him since first grade.
“He’s a great kid,” he said. “I knew very, very early he could do some special things.”
Last summer, Adrian competed at the USA Regional Wrestling Championships and won the highly competitive Triple Crown award.
“Adrian is proving to be one of the best wrestlers in the country,” Blomgren said at the time.