One of Dickinson’s strongest wrestlers is senior Matt Meschke, but there was a moment during his junior year when his strength, and his favorite sport, were taken away.
One play during football practice put Matt Meschke’s athletic career on hold.
“I was running,” Meschke said. “I went to go block a guy, and it popped.”
It was a torn shoulder labrum, and it knocked him out for the first half of wrestling season during his junior year.
“It was a big test for me mentally and physically to come back,” Meschke said. “I only had half a season last year, and to come back firing on all cylinders, it’s really pushing me as a person.”
With just half a season, Meschke was able to place seventh at State. With this being his final year with the Midgets, he wants to raise the bar.
“One thing Coach Conrad has been saying is wrestle every match like it’s your last,” Meschke said. “I’ve just been going into every match with that mentality. You never know when your last match is going to be. It could be in practice. It could be your last match at State.”
The Midgets only lost one match in their first 17, and Meschke says it’s special to finally put together a strong team season.
“We’ve always been an average team,” Meschke said. “We’ve always been that five or six team. To finally be a team that someone’s like, ‘Holy crap, it’s Dickinson,’ it’s honestly pretty nice.”
After his time in high school is done, Meschke will be going just down to the road to join Dickinson State wrestling next winter.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to make college, and to finally get a solid offer, finally have someone that’s interested, I can further continue my goals,” Meschke said. “It’s honestly a blessing.”
Dickinson seeks a regional title this Saturday at Turtle Mountain Community College.