February 22, 2010

Blythe repeats as state champion

After starting the season atop the rankings, Austin Blythe entered the state wrestling tournament as somewhat of an underdog, going in ranked No. 3 at heavyweight in Class 2A. As it turned out however, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound junior had a chance to avenge his earlier losses on the way to defending his crown and bringing home a second straight state title.

Blythe finished the season with a 52-3 record for Williamsburg. Early in the year, he lost twice in close matches to junior Tyler Swope of Davenport Assumption and once in overtime to senior Adam Praska of Crestwood. At state this past week, Blythe was able to reverse those results, first winning a 6-2 decision over Swope in the quarterfinals and then riding out Praska in the finals to win 3-2.

Now that wrestling season is over, Blythe is allowing himself to take one week off before getting right back into the weight room and start working towards next year. The junior is also going to throw shot put and discus in track again this spring and will start to focus in on his college recruiting a little bit more in the coming months as well.

Currently, Blythe holds scholarship offers from the football programs at Iowa, Iowa State, and Stanford with interest from a number of others, including Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Kansas. He also continues to receive recruiting interest in wrestling and has not decided yet on which sport he plans to pursue in college, or whether he might try both of them.

Rivals.com currently lists Austin Blythe among the top 250 prospects to watch nationally in the Class of 2011.

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