Dylan McBride

Fort Morgan senior Dylan McBride (right) gets his hand raised to the crowd after defeating Braden Barker of Mountain View in the 4A 195-pound championship match in the state wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Brandon Boles / Fort Morgan Times)

Dylan McBride becomes an All-American wrestler in Virginia

In mid-February, Fort Morgan senior Dylan McBride accomplished the greatest objective of his secondary school athletic profession. Before a stuffed group at Pepsi Center, he vanquished Braden Barker of Mountain View by decision in his last wrestling match to win the state title in Class 4A at 195 pounds.

By winning the state title, McBride earned the opportunity to go to Virginia Beach in March to contend with a portion of the best wrestlers in the whole nation, all competing to end up an All-American in the game.

By winning four of his initial five matches in the competition, McBride turned into an All-American in Virginia Beach. He would go ahead to complete in fourth place in his weight section.

“It was crazy,” McBride said. “Everyone in this tournament was really tough since everyone was state champs. It was amazing to be able to compete with everyone that’s good in every state.”

Since winning his first state title, McBride has been in the wrestling room working with head mentor Kyle Graulus and others on the group to prepare for the national competition in Virginia.

“It never really stops,” McBride said. “(Kyle) Graulus and I would stay and wrestled to get ready.”

The keep running at Nationals started with a match against a state champion from Georgia for the Fort Morgan senior. Ahead of schedule in the second-time frame, McBride won by fall to progress to the following round and confronted a two-time state champion from Virginia. His second match would go all the way with him getting the 3-2 choice win. The very first moment would end with a third triumph. This time over a wrestler from Montana, to place him in the quarterfinals and one win far from turning into an All-American.

On day two, McBride began with an intense 1-0 decision loss to a champion from Ohio, compelling him to work back in the encouragement section to wind up an All-American. Still looking for one win to gain that status, he conveyed with a stick over a wrestler from Washington to win his status.

“It was amazing to realize I was in the top-eight in the national tournament,” McBride said. “Once I was All-American, I went goal after goal to finish the best I could.”

McBride would, in the long run, work his way to the third-put coordinate in the competition, where he lost to a wrestler from Pennsylvania to complete fourth in the field.

With another stacked field of contenders, remaining cool under strain was the greatest lesson McBride took from his keep running at state to discover accomplishment in Virginia too.

“During practice, I have a hard time getting too anxious and nervous,” McBride said. “I had to stay calm and work what we know.”

McBride joins his more seasoned sibling, Toby, in turning into an All-American wrestler for the Fort Morgan Mustangs. Getting a state title and discovering accomplishment at nationals was something he needed to do to add to his family’s heritage, he told the Times.

“It’s not the accomplishments, but the hard work we do to get it,” McBride said. “We have to work for what we have. It’s about that hard work and effort to achieve what we have.”

McBride is required to come back to Virginia later to contend in a double competition. That, and maybe other offseason competitions, will enable him to prepare for his next part as he wrestles at Western State Colorado University one year from now.

Brush state champion likewise wrestles in Virginia

Another wrestler from Morgan County that headed out to Virginia for the national competition was Brush junior Wyatt Pfau. Who won the state title at 152 pounds in class 3A this year. His keep running at nationals saw him go 6-2 and miss on turning into an All-American by one round.

The initial two counterparts for Pfau were won by fall, beginning with a stick in 55 seconds over a champion from Connecticut and a fall in 3:48 over a wrestler from North Carolina. In the round of 32, Pfau lost by choice 8-3 to a champion from New Jersey to move into the reassurance section.

Pfau’s endeavors in the relief side of the section put him near All-American status as he won three matches, including two by fall. His last match, a 1-0 choice misfortune to a wrestler from New York, put him one round shy of gaining All-American status during the current year.

This article was originally posted on Fort Morgan Times Local Sports