In high school wrestling, Century wrestler Clay Radenz has been knocking on the door of a state title for past two years, but this season he is determined to knock it down the door and win first state title.
So far, Clay Radenz has lived a life of almost when it comes to high school wrestling.
“Last year state finalist,” Century head coach Jerald Lemar said. “Two years ago, he was third place in the state. He’s always been right there.”
Despite the losses, this summer Clay got right back on the mat and wrestled in Fargo and went up an age bracket in Oklahoma.
“Freestyle I came one away from All-American,” Radenz said. “In Greco, I came two matches away. Oklahoma I went like 6-3 and I was a cadet.”
While Clay may have been disappointed in not winning a title, opposing coaches are sweating as Clay is only a sophomore.
“The success that’s he’s already is tremendous,” Lemar said. “All he wants to do is improve. He’s looking for ways to get better.”
And getting better for Clay means reaching out to rivals like Mandan.
“I’ve been working with Jake and Luke for about four or five years now,” Radenz said. “They give me a ton of different practice partners.”
Because he will never forget the feeling of losing a state title.
“It kind of filled me with rage,” Radenz said. “I was disappointed that I loss. I was still hungry and wanted more.”
This season Clay is 1-0 and he recorded his first victory by pin in 24 seconds. Clay’s next match will be in Mandan in a triangular with the Braves and Legacy.