Though he was down 2 pounds after yesterday's six matches, Dietrich got first-quarter pins in his quarterfinal and semifinal matches to set up a rematch of last year's 75# championship and a close loss in the first match of this season.
Here's a little clip from the quarterfinal for a warm up first, though:
Then after waiting for all the wrestle backs to finish it was time for the big one.
Dietrich's opponent has not lost in the NSPL for 2 years.
He's a seventh grader with dangerous upper body strength and a wrestling legacy.
Dietrich's three previous matches against him were 4-8, 5-8, and 6-8 losses.
(The camera work is a little shaky here and you get a decent shot of Jen in the background ... but thanks to Anna for shooting it so we've got something to post! We might have a better quality video later.)
click the full screen icon or click on the movie for a larger view.
So in the end ... Dietrich pulled it off!
And now he has this to show for it: a T-shirt, a medal, a tournament bracket, a seriously bloody lip, a sore back that's going to need some rest, bragging rights for a year and a grin from ear to ear!
!!!85lb North Suburban Parochial League Champ!!!