Kasson-Mantorville’s Patrick Kennedy celebrates his 170-pound Class AA individual championship at the state wrestling tournament last March. Kennedy was back on the mat over the weekend, securing a prestigious Super 32 title in North Carolina. The K-M standout sophomore knocked off three nationally ranked wrestlers on Sunday to earn the crown at 170 pounds.
Wrestling is a great sport that teaches athletes so many valuable lessons about sport and life in general. Dan Gable, legendary University of Iowa coach, World, and Olympic Champion; is quoted as saying “Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” Life can continue to throw powerful punches and challenges, however, wrestling is a sport that teaches hard work and personal accountability. If one fails on the wrestling mat, there is no one else to blame but the individual. It is hard to blame a coach or a teammate for a sub par performance, and wrestling forces an individual to look inward to see what you’re really made of.