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Craig wrestler gets early competition at Monster Match

Zach Hedman displays the trophy earned during the Monster Match wrestling tournament.
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The season is still yet to come for most of the young grapplers in Craig and Moffat County, but getting the work in early is key.

Craig Middle School seventh-grader Zach Hedman recently got in some fall competition during wrestling tournaments in Las Vegas and Denver.

Hedman, part of Bad Dogs Elite Wrestling, placed fourth in his weight class at October’s Freakshow 2019 in Las Vegas and more recently took third at Rocky Mountain Nationals’ Monster Match Nov. 2 in Denver.

“It feels good going to these big tournaments. It just makes me get better and learn from them,” he said.

Even so, he said he couldn’t help but be intimidated by some of the grapplers he was facing.

“The nerves still get the best of me, especially when you’re going against a kid whose record is 76-10,” he said. “Going into these tournaments it doesn’t matter how strong you are. I feel I am very strong, but the technique is where it’s tough.”

He added he plans to keep improving on his way to a state title.

Though Monster Match drew teams from multiple cities in Colorado and surrounding states, Hedman said he wished more Craig kids could have also attended the tourney, but he’s looking forward to getting back on the mat with fellow local athletes during the practices in upcoming winter months.

Still, he was pleased with the results from the high-quality contests.

“Felt amazing. I feel like it’s the best I have wrestled. I brought a trophy home which I haven’t done yet so it felt so good,” Hedman said.