Feasting on competition
When it comes to his success on the mat this season, Kyle Sherwood attributes part of it to diet.
Cutting more than 15 pounds in order to wrestle at 195 pounds made for a long season. Plus Sherwood felt it affected his strength and stamina.
This season, the 220-pound Scott Community High School senior has been feasting on the opposition while putting together an 11-1 record. Sherwood added his second tournament title in as many weekends against a tough field at the Abilene Invitational last Saturday.
He won by a 6-2 decision over Bradley Briggs (Buhler) in the championship match, but his biggest win came in the semi-finals with a 6-1 overtime win against state-ranked Hunter Huber (Pratt).
“I feel like I’ve always tried to be aggressive on my feet, but this year I have a better idea of what I can be successful with. I’ve figured out what fits how I want to wrestle,” says Sherwood.
“The Pratt kid was definitely the strongest kid I’ve faced this year. I feel like my conditioning helped me at the end.”
Through the first three periods, Sherwood and Huber had each scored with an escape to force overtime. Sherwood had come close to getting a couple of takedowns during regulation and in the extra period was finally able to lock onto Huber’s upper body and throw him to the mat for a takedown and near-fall.
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