Kamiakin High School sophomore Riley Gurr will get his first big test on the wrestling mat since winning the Class 3A state title in February.
Gurr will compete in the Journeymen Freestyle Classic on Sunday at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
“This is my first big (tournament) in a while,” Gurr said. “And my first time to New York.”
The Classic is by invitation only. Last year’s All-Americans from the National Wrestling Championships in Fargo, N.D., were asked if they would like to compete. The event expects competitors from 30 states and at least five foreign countries.
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“It’s one of those cool opportunities,” said Gurr, who placed second last year in Fargo. “I feel ready to go.”
Gurr, who won his state title at 113 pounds, said he would wrestle at 120 this weekend.
“I can’t make 113 anymore. I grew a bit after state,” said Gurr, who admitted he likes the food at El Fat Cat Grill across from the high school.
Kamiakin freshman Austin Almaguer, who was third at state at 106 pounds, was scheduled to compete as well, but he strained muscles in his back and will not make the trip.
“It sucks that he can’t go,” Gurr said. “It’s nice to have a friend and a drill partner.”
Gurr and his dad, Shawn, will get to see a few sites before the tournament, and Gurr has one request before he comes home.
“I want to try a New York hot dog,” he said.