International Wrestling on the Westernslope

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Thought the wrestling season was over? Technically it is, but the season extended for just one day on Thursday. In the Fruita Monument High School gymnasium there were Colorado middle and high school wrestlers who competed with wrestlers of the same age from Austria.

Why was the Austrian national team in western Colorado? Well, they conducted the event like an exchange program. The Coloradans ended up visiting Europe in 2018, so they decided to switch for 2019.

“It’s exciting,” freshman at DSIS high school Israel Resendez said. “They wrestle differently than the Colorado girls that I wrestle. They like to hit a lot of headlocks, and they’re more upper body. It’s definitely a good experience.”

It was an experience that both squads learned from and won’t forget.

“Americans are so good,” Austrian national team member Pascal Lindz said. “In Austria we only have small wrestlers and not so nice wrestlers. The difference between Austria and America is that the America wrestlers have more muscles.”

In 2020, the Colorado group of wrestlers hope to travel to Russia or Germany to wresltle. They just have to fundraise the money to make the trip possible.

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