Boys Varsity Wrestling · Meadowcreek’s Najee Russell Wins County Championship Wrestling Title

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Mustangs’ Russell goes from unknown to champ

Going into the season, Najee Russell wasn’t on many people’s radar. It was for good reason too after not placing at any tournaments.

The Meadowcreek senior showed otherwise on Saturday at the county tournament.

Russell won the 138-pound championship with a late second-period pin over Mountain View’s Drew Knutson.

“It feels good to be champ. I’ve training for this for a while,” Russell said. “I’d like to thank my coaches. They made me better. They made me a county champion and hopefully a state champion.”

Russell’s county championship is a bit of a surprise considering he didn’t even place at the tournament last year.

“He didn’t place at county or area last year. I don’t know if he placed at any tournament to be honest with you,” second-year Meadowcreek coach Jose Helena said. “We had a mission to get more mat time. We want to prepare the kids academically and then athletically. I’m proud of how far these kids have come from last year to this year.”



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