College Wrestling: Dickinson State’s Erikson rediscovered his passion for the sport

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In college sports, recruiting is everything and Dickinson State wrestling is no exception.

The Blue Hawks have been recruiting guys even from outside the continental United States.

Leif Erikson’s wrestling career started early.

“I had wrestled ever since I was two years old,” Erikson said.

Erikson developed into a two-time Alaska state champion, but decided to step away from competitive wrestling before college.

“I graduated from high school and was helping out the coach at the Anchorage Christian School,” Erikson said. “I was also wrestling with one of their top kids there and helping him out a little bit.” 

That little bit of volunteering brought back his passion for the sport.

“I still just couldn’t stay out of it,” Erikson said. “I needed to be in it. That’s why I had to help out and stay on the mat.”

Once he knew he wanted to get back into it, he reached out to Dickinson State.

“I had known Coach Schlecht. He had come up and done a camp in Nome, Alaska, where I’m from. He had talked to me after I graduated to see if I wanted to keep my shoes on and wrestle.”

So when he contacted the Blue Hawks, they were more than happy to give him a shot. After all, you can take the man out of wrestling, but you can’t take wrestling out of the man.

Erikson will be competing in the middle weights for DSU. Their first home match is this Friday.

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