After finishing the 2014-15 wrestling season as a state alternate and Whatcom County honorable mention, Lynden sophomore wrestler Brody Weinheimer is looking to build on his success and improve next season. The offseason is where all the training and practice needs to happen to be ready to go when the next high school season start.
And Weinheimer has been taking full advantage of his offseason opportunities.
Weinheimer participated in the 2015 Flo Reno Worlds Championships on April 10-12 in Reno, Nevada. In this years Reno Worlds, 3,400 wrestlers from all over the country compete. In Weinheimer’s 45-man bracket, he placed fourth. A finish he was satisfied with.
“It’s a great experience and good competition,” Weinheimer said in a phone interview. “The best wrestlers in the country go there.”
Even though he finished fourth, Weinheimer won four of his six matches in the tournament.
He won his first match, then dropped into the consolation bracket after losing his second match of the tournament. He then won his next two matches, including a close 2-0 win in his match to get into the third/fourth place match.
“It was an absolute dogfight between me and a wrestler from Utah,” he said. “A great match. We fought until the end and it came down to the last minute.”
All of the other matches Weinheimer won were by pin.
Now heading into his junior season of wrestling this fall, Weinheimer uses tournaments like this to stay in wrestling shape.
“Wrestling is kind of a hard sport to stay in shape year-round. But I definitely use these (tournaments) to help improve,” Weinheimer said. “I’ve been wrestling for a long time.”
Going into next season as one of the older wrestlers with two seasons under his belt, Weinheimer is hopefull next season will bring better results.
“The last two seasons have been tough being at a high weight for high school,” he said. “I’ll be staying in shape and hopefully I’ll have everything I need for technique. Hopefully things will kind of carry themselves into next year.”