Erisman proves Pride while grappling at nationals
Neil Erisman continued to prepare for a possible individual national championship by competing for the Kansas Pride at the National Junior Duals in Enid, Okla., last month.
Kansas took eighth-place honors by posting a 6-5 team record during pool and championship competition. Erisman compiled a 6-2 mark during the weekend.
The sophomore-to-be at De Soto High School technical falled North Carolina's Ben Oeser (10-0) and New Mexico's Orlando Pina (11-0).
He was then technical falled (11-0) by C.P. Schlatter, the top-ranked wrestler in Ohio, and decisioned Nebraska's Brad Browne (5-4), finishing his pool play matches.
In other action, Erisman pinned Iowa's Henry Wahle (3:11), technical falled the Pennsylvania Superstars Mike Mackie (17-7) and was technical falled by the Oklahoma Cowboys Charles Jones (5-18).
Erisman was leading Jones early in their match but lost when the Oklahoma wrestling recruit caught him in a choke hold and pulled away and won.
Eric Johnson, who went 2-2 in his matches, split time with Erisman at the 152-pound weight class for the Pride. When it came time to decide who each wrestler would face, their system was quite simple.
"We got together and picked who we would wrestle," Erisman said. "I chose who I would wrestle against, and he was able to pick who he wanted to wrestle against."
After a summer full of individual tournaments, Erisman enjoyed wrestling in a team environment again.
"It was fun," he said. "Even if you lose, you don't really feel any pressure."