January 09, 2019 06:35 PM
(ABC 6 News) – On the wrestling mats in Kasson, Patrick Kennedy has put together quite a high school career—he added to his already incredible career last weekend.
Kennedy, a two-time individual state wrestling champion, has become the “model wrestler” for the Kasson-Mantorville KoMets.
“You need a guy who works incredibly hard, do things right, and wins,” KoMets head coach Jamie Heidt said. “You have to be able to do all three of those things to be a great example, and that’s exactly what he does.”
Kennedy hasn’t just been an individual state wrestling champion, he’s been a key cog in the KoMets three consecutive Class AA state team wrestling championships.
“I can control my attitude, my effort, my pace, how hard I’m going to fight in every position, so that’s my mindset going into every big tournament,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy also claimed an individual title at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament in Rochester in December, and he hasn’t lost a high school individual match since January of 2018 (against Owatonna’s Brandon Moen)—obviously, Kennedy is tough to beat inside the circle.
“You can put him on the bottom, you can put him on top, you can put him on his feet, you can put him in a front head-type position, and he’s always looking to score points,” Heidt said. “There’s nothing else on that young man’s mind. He steps on the mat, the whistle blows, and it’s about moving forward and scoring points. You do those types of things and have that type of mentality; those are the types of outcomes that you get.”
Last weekend across the cheddar curtain in Wisconsin, at the Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, Kennedy was at the top of his game.
“That’s a national level tournament. There are four, five states represented there, and four or five nationally ranked teams there,” Heidt said. “It’s a very tough tournament.”
“There’s a lot of work that goes into it,” Kennedy added. “A lot of late nights, early mornings.”
At the Cheesehead Invite, Kennedy registered three falls in 53 seconds, 42 seconds, and one minute and 59 seconds, and three technical falls in no more than two rounds—marking his first ever win at the Cheesehead Invite.
“I only wrestled for a total of…I don’t know, maybe 12 minutes,” Kennedy said. “When I get a lead, keep building. If you’re up by 10, be up by 15, if you’re up by one; keep wrestling hard to beat the (opponent) at the end of the match.”
Kennedy’s wrestling career will go beyond Kasson—over the summer, he committed to wrestling for the University of Iowa (beginning in 2020).
Iowa City is Kennedy’s future home, but all of his focus in wrestling right now is on his current home in Kasson.
“Iowa recruited me because of me, they recruited Patrick Kennedy,” Kennedy said. “They didn’t recruit me to change me, that is what they’re always telling me. There’s so much work left, and there’s so much more to win.”
Kennedy and the KoMets return to the wrestling mats on Thursday against Galesville/Ettrick/Trempealeau of Wisconsin.
Updated: January 09, 2019 06:35 PM
Created: January 09, 2019 05:40 PM
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