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Island teens wrestle at national level
At just 13 years old, middle schooler Adrian St. Germain’s wrestling resume looks more like that of a veteran, after competing in several high-level competitions across the country last month.
After what coach Per-Lars Blomgren referred to as “a whirlwind of very exciting stuff,” St. Germain’s season was capped with a third place in Greco and fifth in Freestyle at USA Wrestling’s ASICS Kids National Championships in Orem, Utah.
Leading up to Nationals, St. Germain was chosen to compete for Washington in his age group’s National Dual Team Championships in Indianapolis, helping the team to place fifth in Greco and eighth in Freestyle. With only a week to recover, St. Germain’s next stop was Western Regional Championships in Pocatello, Idaho, and then straight on to Utah for Nationals.
“It was a great experience, really fun,” St. Germain said. “I learned a lot about wrestling and a lot about what I need to improve on.”
Blomgren, who has been coaching St. Germain for about eight years, had high praise for his enthusiasm and commitment.
“He’s only just come back from a month of these competitions and called me to find out when practice was starting up again,” he said.
Three other Vashon wrestlers — Hunter Burger, Chase Wickman and Logan Nelson — have also been busy competing. Burger wrestled with St. Germain at their age group’s regional and national championships, and Wickman and Nelson are heading to their age group’s nationals, after helping Washington place fourth in the country at the Cadet Dual Team championships.
“These are the guys putting in the most time. They are really special kids,” Blomgren said of the young competitors. “They love to wrestle and they’re all a dream to coach.”