2013 Year in Review: Lyden reaches podium for second-straight season
In 2013, Reid Lyden continued to set the bar for all East Ridge wrestlers to reach for.
Lyden was the first-ever East Ridge wrestler to reach consecutive state tournaments and the only all-state wrestler in East Ridge’s short wrestling history.
Lyden, who wrestled at 120 pounds, felt pleased with the fourth-place finish at last year’s state meet, which was an improvement on a sixth-place finish in his first trip to state.
“He had a great day,” Raptors head coach Hans Horning said after the tournament. “He was relaxed. He just opened up and attacked.”.
After losing to Prior Lake’s Tanner Johnshoy in his first state match, Lyden, who entered the state meet ranked fourth, needed to win three consecutive matches to reach the third-place match.
He did just that.
However, in the battle for third place, Johnshoy topped Lyden again, beating him with a quick pin.
“He got out of position for like one second and I capitalized on it,” Lyden said. “I don’t know what he did to get me on my back.”
Johnshoy beat Lyden 6-4 in the first round Friday and Lyden needed to work his way back through the consolation bracket.
After losing to Johnshoy, for Lyden to continue in the tournament, he would have to hope for a Johnsoy win so that he would then wrestle Johnshoy’s opponent. He would get that chance taking on Rochester Mayo’s sophomore Miles Patton — and won 10-6.
Lyden then earned a 14-1 win over Maple Grove’s Logan Dick and a 3-2 victory over Irondale’s No. 8-ranked Ryan Weinmann to reach the third-place match.