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Hershey junior high wrestler named All American Tell North Platte what you think
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McGahan takes down an opponent.
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Bryan McGahan

Hershey eighth grader Bryan McGahan is a first team All-American middle school wrestler after his performance at the Heartland USA national duals tournament in Council Bluffs, IA.  

McGahan wrestled at 220 pounds and  pinned 3 opponents on his way to a 7-1 record. Sixteen teams competed in 17 weight classes. The trounament was held April 12-13 at the Mid-America Center.

The road to the national meet started when McGahan placed first at the district meet in Gothenburg. The top four qualifiers in each weight class went on to the state tournament in Grand Island. The top two places at state earned the right to participate at nationals.

McGahan placed second at the state tournament with a 2-1 record, earning the right to advance. He joined the roster of the Nebraska "blue" team.

Along with McGahan's award, the blue team received a trophy and individual medals for an overall third place finish.

MdGahan started competitive wrestling with the Hershey team wrestling club when he was five years old. Since junior high school athletic schedules take considerable time, McGahan pursued school sponsored sports and left the Hershey club. Since he didn't have club support, he entered and trained on his own.

McGahan is the son of Tom and Gina McGahan. His mother said the family enjoyed the tournament.

"Bryan had fun. He faced new competition and learned a lot that improved his wrestling skills," she said. 

McGahan plans to continue his athletic career in high school football, wrestling and track.

USA wrestling explains their mission on their website this way: "Nebraska USA Wrestling is a non-profit organization that promotes amateur wrestling to all Nebraska wrestlers from little kids to adults. Nebraska USA Wrestling educates, promotes, and structures wrestling in both collegiate and international styles."

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/18/2014
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