FARGO, ND – Haiden Drury made the quantum leap from state wrestling champion to national champion on Thursday.
Heading into his junior year at Toppenish this fall, Drury topped the 120-pound bracket of the Cadet Greco-Roman National Tournament at North Dakota State University’s Fargodome.
Drury was 6-0 with four technical falls, including a 10-0 win over Oklahoma’s John Wiley in Thursday’s final.
Drury, 16, had a busy year after winning the Class 2A state title for the Wildcats at 120 pounds. He swept the cadet state titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman and won the junior state title in Greco-Roman.
Drury’s national title helped Washington finish second on the team in Greco-Roman Cadet.
Earlier in the six-place Fargo Nationals, four Yakima-area girls helped Washington to second place in the Junior Women’s Freestyle.
Davis graduate Cameron Guerin was 4-1 at 122 pounds and placed third, falling to eventual champion Alexys Zepeda of Oregon in the semifinals. She bounced back with a 32-second hairpin in the final for third place.
Other local placers were Kaylee Moore of Naches Valley (fourth at 127), Lourdes Torres of Sunnyside (sixth at 152) and Maria Reyes of Grandview (seventh at 106).