GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Last weekend, Northwest senior Grady Griess placed fifth at the Walsh Ironman competition in Ohio. Griess went against some of the best wrestlers in the country and in the process now has the most wins in school history.
Viking Head Coach Brian Sybrandts was not surprised by Griess' performance and has the highest praise when it comes to the Naval Academy commit.
"He's a special, special kid. The type of kid that doesn't come around very often," Sybrandts said. "He does everything right and he's a great student, 4.0 student. He just excels in the wrestling room, the weight room, everything you could ask for from a kid."
Griess is well-known in the state of Nebraska on the wrestling mat but after taking down two of the top wrestlers in the country, he is now making waves on the national stage.
"It definitely let me know as a wrestler that I'm up there. So, I feel like now I have the confidence to wrestle those nationally ranked kids," Griess said. "Now I just feel like it was good for me to compete against those guys and to compete well."
Griess won the Class B State Title at 195 earlier this year, taking down Sam Kolterman in the final. With a state title already under his belt, he does not want to lose his drive in his final season at Northwest.
"I'm not going to get complacent. Just this next weekend I'll have a match against number five in the country, Isaac Trimble from Omaha, Millard South," Griess said. "So, I'm just excited for that match and I'm just excited for another opportunity to prove myself."
Griess is back in action this weekend for the Flatwater Fracas. The two-day event starts this Friday, Dec. 20 at the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center in Grand Island.