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Mount Vernon wrestler Paul Ryan joins 100-win club

HS journalism: Junior won first-round state match, too

Mount Vernon’s Paul Ryan wrestles at districts, where he earned his 100th career win. (Paige Zaruba/Mount Vernon junior)
Mount Vernon’s Paul Ryan wrestles at districts, where he earned his 100th career win. (Paige Zaruba/Mount Vernon junior)

MOUNT VERNON — After a short week of competing, another Mount Vernon wrestler has reached 100 wins.

This time, it was junior Paul Ryan, competing at 170 pounds for his postseason run.

During an eventful day at districts, Ryan and his coaches didn’t even realize he reached this milestone.

Just a few days later, Ryan’s coaches figured out what he had done. Ryan wrestled at the district tournament with teammates Ryan Clark, Jack Streicher, Coy Martin, Camron Woodley and Preston Shultz. Of the six wrestlers, three get the chance to compete in the state tournament — Clark, Ryan and Woodley.

Ryan finished second at districts, punching his ticket to wrestle at the state tournament in Des Moines. He won his first-round match on Thursday.

“It was pretty cool, though, and it shows me that my hard work is paying off,” Ryan said of reaching 100 wins. “Hopefully it continues to pay off this weekend and next year.”

Ryan, 37-7 before Friday’s quarterfinal bout in Des Moines, hopes to continue to achieve success as he wrestles the last few matches of his season.

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