By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
McNary High School’s Devin Reynolds captured a state title earlier this year and last weekend he added a world title to his resume.
Reynolds bested some of the country’s most elite competitors at the Cliff Keen Reno World Championships April 14-15.
Reynolds pinned his first two opponents in the 125-pound weight bracket and dominated his third opponent in a 15-0 major decision.
“My toughest match was against Thomas Gonzales in the semifinals. He is ranked No. 1 in the nation for freestyle wrestling and No. 22 in the nation for collegiate wrestling,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds won the match in a 9-4 decision and then won his finals match 10-2 to bring home a huge chunk of metal and even more impressive bragging rights.
“It was really tough, but I feel like I wrestled really well. I felt like I had a comfortability with the competition that I didn’t have at Flonationals a couple of weeks ago,” Reynolds said.
As he stood atop the podium he had flashbacks to a third place finish at the same tournament last year.
“It was pretty amazing, but it also felt like I belonged there,” Reynolds said.
While adding another title to his list of accomplishments is a feather in his cap, the tournament also provides athletes with the opportunity to get looks from college teams.
Despite being disappointed with his results at Flonationals, Reynolds received a request from one of the coaches at Duke University to send in tapes of his performances. Interest will probably be even greater after the victory at Cliff Keen.
Reynolds won’t be sitting around waiting for calls, however.
“In a couple of weeks, I have freestyle and Greco state competition and then training to get stronger and quicker. I’m going to a couple of college camps this summer and then just more training and looking to dominate during my senior year,” he said.