By BEN JOHNSON
Noah Wilson may have to miss a junior high wrestling dual or two this season for Sequoyah. But his absence will be excused.
That’s because Wilson will be wrestling for an International Youth Dual team at the 13th annual Virginia Challenge Holidays Duals in mid December.
Wilson, an eighth grader at Sequoyah Immersion School, was contacted by the international team’s coaching staff and was told they’d like for him to wrestle on the team in the upcoming duals. All Wilson had to do then was get approval to miss Sequoyah’s junior high dual that weekend.
He did and he couldn’t be more elated.
“I consider this to be a great chance for me to be good for future scholarships,” Wilson said. “It’s an honor to be invited to such an elite wrestling team, even at short notice. I think it’s a great opportunity to make new friends and meet other people form other places, as well.”
Wilson will carry quite the resume into the high-profile event. Since beginning his wrestling career at the age of nine, Wilson has won a northeast Oklahoma regional title while placing three times at the Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association state tournament.
He has also placed at the Brute Nationals in Missouri twice, and won the Kickoff Classic Nationals in November in Tulsa.
“Everyone says this is a major deal, but to me, it’s just another day of wrestling, so not such a big deal. I love to wrestle.”
Whether Wilson will wrestle in more national and international events will be something he’ll leave up to his junior high coaching staff.
“With help and support from my team, family and friends,” Wilson said, “I can do just about anything.”