original photo courtesy of Jim Thrall; MatFocus.com
This week’s Adidas High School Wrestler of the Week award goes to Kennedy Blades of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Blades, a Broadview, Illinois native, doubled up in Fargo, winning both the Women’s U16 and Junior titles at 164 pounds. And she didn’t just do so quietly, Blades was dominant. Not one of her matches got out of the first period and she didn’t surrender a point all week. At the U16 level, Blades went 4-0 with two techs and two falls. Her longest match went 1:03. She then went up to Juniors and went 5-0 with three techs and two falls. Her longest match in Juniors was a 10-0 finals win in 2:40 over 2018 double champion Tristan Kelly (Colorado). Blades is just a rising sophomore and already a three-time Fargo champion. The Cadet world team member was also named the U16 tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
Congratulations to Kennedy Blades, TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week.