Vai Lockman of Fort Frances had a “golden” performance on the mat over the weekend for the Mighty Mustang youth wrestling program in International Falls.
The Grade 3 wrestler claimed top spot in the 55- to 60-pound division at a tournament in Virginia, Mn. on Saturday, which assistant coach Jeremy Mann noted drew about 150 wrestlers.
“Vai Lockman was exciting to watch this weekend,” he enthused.
“He showed some excellent scrambling and no one could keep him down.”
Aiden Juen of Littlefork also had a stellar tournament, nabbing first place in the 95- to 100-pound division.
Diego Christianson of the Falls rounded out the first-place finishes by earning top spot in the 120- to 130-pound division.
“Coach Dan Schermerhorne, myself, and Hudson [Mann] have been spending extra time getting Diego back on track,” Jeremy Mann explained.
“He showed great motion and defence, and pinned all three of his opponents in the first period.”
Hudson Mann, who was born in Fort Frances but now lives in the Falls, wrestled up a grade and weight class in Virginia, where he finished second in the 120- to 130-pound division.
Jake Lucca, a third-grader from Littlefork, competed in his first tournament and returned with a second-place finish.
“Jake Lucca had his first tournament and showed great mat sense,” lauded Mann, who also noted that he “has only been wrestling [for] a month.”
Rodger Dueck of the Falls placed second in the 70- to 75-pound division while Avery Larson was third in the 65- to 70-pound one.
Layla Reller of the Falls also grabbed third in the 65- to 70-pound division.
Damien Juen of Littlefork and Jack Wolfe of the Falls both finished fourth in the 55- to 60-pound and 50- to 55-pound divisions, respectively.
Teagan Green of the Falls, meanwhile, competed at an Northland Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) regional tournament in Bemidji, Mn.
Mann said he wrestled well there but didn’t end up placing.