Wahlstrom fourth at national meet

By Jason Ferguson

Clayton Wahlstorm celebrates a win at the NCAA Division II Wretling Championships. Wahlstrom, a Custer High School graduate, closed out his collegiate wrestling career by placing fourth in his weight class in the tournament, which earned him All-American status.

Custer High School class of 2014 graduate Clayton Wahlstrom wrapped up his wrestling career at Augustana University last weekend by finishing fourth in the 197 pound weight class at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. In placing fourth, he earned All-American accolades.

Wahlstrom, a redshirt senior, started the tournament by winning a 6-4 decision over Ethan Sherertz of Maryville, Mo., which he followed up with a 4-1 win over Ryan Vasbinder of McKendree, Ill.

In the semifinals Wahlstrom lost a heartbreaker to the weight class’ top seed, Vince Dietz of St. Cloud St. Dietz edged Wahlstrom 4-3.

In his first consolation match, Wahlstrom again bested Sherertz, this time by a 9-7 score. That put him in the consolation title match, where he fell to Nick Baumler of Upper Iowa 5-2.

Wahlstrom, who twice placed third at state in high school, posted a 32-14 record this year for the Vikings. He said his goal was to win his weight class in the tournament, but was still pleased with the way he capped his career.

“Everyone is human. Everyone can be beat,” he said. “Overall I had a great last year.”