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ND Wrestlers Prep For Nationals

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 Next week kicks off one of the biggest High School Wrestling Tournaments in the Nation.
Jalen Jaspers has more as some of North Dakota's best Grapplers gear up for the ASICS CADET Junior Nationals.

With the High School Wrestling season well behind us in the rear-view mirror there is a new challenge approaching some of the top wrestlers in North Dakota.

They're getting ready for the Cadet National Tournament in Fargo.
BHS Coach Scott Knowlen says, "We've had a training camp for two weeks to try to fine tune some techniques, to just simply really get them prepared mentally and physically, and technically for Fargo."
"I've been coming to this camp obviously and I've been doing some extra stuff on my own since I'm going down a weight from what I was after Junior Duals, so I need to get some extra workouts in." says Tate Barnhardt.
These wrestlers have been hard at work, and for good reason.  
The best wrestlers from across the U.S will be in attendance next week-- all looking to take home a national title.
 Including two time state champion-- Mandan's Curt Zachmeier.
"It's just kind of crazy to see the level of competition when you get there. It's just a crazy number of competitors that are out there, and the level that you have to wrestle on there it's just a completely different scenario, every match it's a different person."
And by no means are North Dakota's top grapplers intimidated by outside competition.
A handful of North Dakota state champions including Adam Blees are looking forward to putting their hard work to the test.
"Wrestling is a lot bigger in some other states but a lot of the really good guys that come out of North Dakota have done well in national tournaments, so hoping to do some winning this week." says Adam Blees.
Wrestling dreams and aspirations go far beyond the Cadets National Tournament.
The country's biggest high school wrestling tournament brings in the nation's best college coaches looking for wrestlers trying to further their careers.
"This is a tournament that you'll probably run into the most college scouts in the country, so it's a tournament that you got to do well at but try to keep that pressure off you at the same time so that you wrestle well."
But right now the number one goal is becoming an All-American and even-- a National Champion.
"It makes you a better wrestler wrestling those guys. You've got to beat the best to be the best so if you beat those guys it's really an accomplishment." says Zachmeier



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