Local wrestler earns two All-American honors
Brock Hardy, seen here wrestling his way to a 4A state title as a freshman earlier this year, was named an All-American after taking second place at two national tournaments last week.
By Jeremy Jones
Brock Hardy has been wrestling since he was three years old, but now that he is finally old enough to compete on a national stage, he is taking his skills to the next level.
Hardy recently traveled to Fargo, N.D., to compete in the ASICS/Vaughn Cadet and Junior Nationals tournament, which is widely considered to be the toughest tournament in the country—and possibly worldwide—as youth from around the nation must qualify in preliminary tournaments, such as state finals tournaments or other regional events, before earning the right to test their skills against the best the country has to offer.
To prepare for wrestling season, Hardy said most of his workouts include a little weight lifting, but mostly core workouts such as sit-ups, pull-ups and push-ups. He also said he works out at least once if not twice a day during his preparation for the season to stay in top shape.
Hardy qualified for the national tournament by finishing first in the state of Utah in his weight class this past season.
At the national tournament, Hardy competed in both freestyle and Greco-Roman categories, which very few wrestlers are able to do at a high level.
In the Greco-Roman bracket, Hardy faced off against opponents from South Carolina, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, and California before he even yielded a point, let alone lost a match.
He cruised into the semifinal match against Alec Hagan, from Missouri, and while Hagan pushed Hardy harder than he had been in his previous matches, Hardy came out on top and advanced to the final against Alex Lloyd from Minnesota.
The final against Lloyd was close throughout, but the Minnesota native came out on top in the end.
High school tennis tryouts coming up
Tryouts for the 2015 Box Elder High School girls’ tennis team will be held Monday, Aug. 10-11, from 6-8 a.m. at John Adam’s Park in Brigham City.
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