HS Wrestling: Jayden Richter coaching younger brother

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The St. Mary’s wrestling team is pretty young. And one of the youngest wrestlers is Jaxyn Richter. Jaxyn has a special relationship with his head coach because that’s his older brother.

Brothers Jayden Richter and Jaxyn Richter have a bond that goes beyond the mat.

“Sometimes he just tells me to ‘knock it off'”, Jaxyn said. “Otherwise he just teaches me more things and I can ask him whatever I want.”

Jaxyn is 13 years old. Jayden is 27 years old. And older brother sees a lot of his former self through Jaxyn.

“I took a lot of licks,” Jayden said. “He’s taken quite a few so far this season, but I’m not training him to be as good as me, I’m training him to be better.”

But the key question is: Does Jaxyn listen to his older brother?

“Not all the time,” Jayden said.

“Yeah,” Jaxyn said. “I listen to him. I’ll listen to him.”

Jaxyn is a little resistance to what his head coach has to say, but it’s not a new problem for the Richter family. It dates back to when Jayden was coached by his father.

“I was felt like he had no idea what was going on,” Richter said. “That wrestling had changed a lot. I get some of that feedback from him.”

On the mat, the head coach takes all the losses tough, but seeing his brother lose hurts a little more.

“I would definitely say that I take his losses a little bit more emotionally,” Jayden said. “It’s easier for me to have high expectations of him because there’s blood.”

 And despite Jaxyn’s tough first year, this is what he has always wanted to do.

“Being a wrestler,” Jaxyn said. “Finally being on a high school [team]. I kind of lived the dream watching my brothers all wrestle and I kind of wanted to do it.”

The next time we’ll see Jayden and Jaxyn is this weekend at the Lisbon tournament.

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