Walker earns All-American honor at national wrestling tournament

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Kemmerer senior Hayden Walker competed at the NHSCA National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach last weekend and earned  an All-American honor.

Every year, the best wrestlers in the nation gather at the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach. It is one of the premier high school tournaments in the country. Thousands of wrestlers from coast to coast travel to Virginia Beach looking to claim an All-American honor. The competition is the very best the country has to offer, and the top eight finishers in each weight class are declared All-Americans.

Hayden Walker, a 195-pound senior from Kemmerer High School, traveled the 1,900 miles to Virginia Beach last weekend looking to claim that elusive All-American honor at the tournament’s 30th year.

In a full 64-man bracket, Walker won his first match against Richards (California) with a score of 1–0. Next, he faced off against Dylan Miller from Nebraska, where he fell short in a close overtime match, 8-6.

Heading to the consolation side of the bracket Walker had a full day of tough matches. He wrestled and won his next six matches against opponents from Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and even Wyoming, securing him a spot on the podium and earning the honorable All-American status. 

Walker finished out his high school career with three state titles and a record of 167–17.

His consistent hard work, along with a “you get out what you put in” attitude and the overwhelming support from his coaches, family and friends, has helped him be successful.

Walker plans to continue his wrestling career in college where he will be studying Kinesiology. 

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