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Reindel advances to regional championships

Jaysen Reindel put together an impressive state tournament run to earn a berth in the Regional Champ

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POSTED June 11, 2010 3:01 a.m.
Grinding on the mat throughout the past few months just started making a lot of sense to 10-year-old Jaysen Reindel after he earned a trip to the West Kids and Cadets Regional Championships in Pocatello, ID, beginning June 21 with a sixth place overall finish in the Dave Schultz Kids FS State Championships June 6 in Fresno.

Reindel was the only member of the Lancer Youth Wrestling program to advance to the championships, finishing pool action in the Novice Boys 112-lb division as one of the top-8.

“When I made it to state I was pretty happy,” Reindel said. “I really worked hard and just tried my best.”

That was clearly enough for Reindel, earning a berth to the Pocatello tournament June 21- 27, where contestants will be randomly drawn by a computer, separating wrestlers from the same state.

Reindel’s performance in Fresno started off with a huge win, when he pinned Robert Sillas of Twin Cities at the 1:33 mark. Reindel then ran into eventual 112-lb champion Luke Troy and suffered a first-round pin.

The loss led Reindel into a bye, but he found Troy again and needed a solid showing in the tournament’s 5th-6th place match. The future East Union Lancer battled with Darryl Aiello of Concord, dropping the match in a decision. His efforts pushed him to another plateau that will place him against some of the best wrestlers from California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana and Washington.

“I really don’t know how good I am going to do,” Reindel said. “I am excited for the chance to wrestle a variety of people. Usually I am wrestling against the same three guys; this tournament I will wrestle guys I haven’t seen.”

Reindel has already placed himself in elite company, but after a season-long commitment, having some success in Idaho is important to the young standout.

“I have put in a lot of work,” Reindel said. “I have been practicing at every practice that I can, really trying to get better.
“And after all the work I really am starting to get better.”

The weeklong activities will begin with a variety of coaching, style and rules clinics, with tournament action getting underway with opening ceremonies June 26.
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