matt linland (right) watches Hood River wrestlers Noah and Jeremiah Wachsmuth and Ryan Zeller train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.
As of Friday, December 12, 2014
Hood River residents and youth wrestling standouts Noah and Jeremiah Wachsmuth and Ryan Zeller got quite a surprise last week when they arrived in Denver to compete in King of the Mountain collegiate youth wrestling tournament. The three, with their parent chaperone John Wachsmuth, arrived a day before weigh-ins for the tournament so they decided to visit the nearby Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Being well connected in the wrestling community, John Wachsmuth called Matt Lindland, a northwest native and fromer Olympic silver medalist, world champion and MMA fighter who was hired earlier this year to succeed Steve Fraser as USA Wrestling’s head Olympic Greco-Roman coach.
Lindland rolled out the red carpet for the boys, who were not only invited to stay at the famous coach’s home during the trip but got to train for a day alongside the country’s top men and women striving to make the Olympic squads. The boys attended three practices at the center, the second of which was a rare case when the freestyle, Greco and women’s teams were in the practice room at the same time.
The boys went on to wrestle in the tournament, which is the third stop in the USA Wrestling Tour of America series. Noah, an HRMS 8th grader, wrestled to a fifth place finish while Ryan, also an 8th grader, and Jeremiah, a 3rd grader, didn’t place.