Matson medals at regional wrestling tourney

Justin Matson prepares to take on an opponent at the 2019 Northern Plains Regional Freestyle wrestling tournament. Matson went on to win a silver medal.

Justin Matson was a 220 lb. silver medalist at the 2019 Northern Plains Regional Freestyle wrestling tournament this past weekend at the RCTC Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The Northern Plains Regionals attracts State placers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and many other states. Matson’s first match he won over Tyler Krizan from Wisconsin 14-4 which put him right into the semi-finals. His second match was with one of Iowa’s top, Gabriel Greenlee, where Matson won over him 10-8. His championship match Matson fell to Illinois’ Michael Roath 0-10.

Matson also wrestled in the Greco-Roman style on Sunday and earned a copper medal by making the podium at 4th place. Matson lost his first match in Greco to Wisconsin’s Jaren Rohde by Fall 3.04 minutes into the match. He then came back with two wins over Minnesota’s own Jade Trelstad (9-2) and Max Balow (fall 1:40) and then fell again to Illinois’ Michael Roath by fall at :46.

These placings qualify him for to train with the best at the MN/USA National Training Camp this July and compete in the US Marine Corps/USAW National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota on July 12-19, 2019.

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