Brandon sophomore Kyle Norstrem recently returned from Serbia as part of the U.S. Cadet Greco-Roman wrestling team. As the only member of the team from Florida, Norstrem placed ninth at the world championships, as good or better than any American athlete.
Norstrem defeated Greece’s Georgios Georgiadis 10-2 for a technical fall in the opening round. Norstrem was also an eighth-place finisher at last year’s world championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“One of the things they do is try and get in your head,” Norstrem said. “You could get hit in the face or poked in the eye and you can’t look up at the ref for a timeout like you can here (in the U.S.), they’ll just slam you.”
Norstrem devoured the 113-pound weight class in past May at the ASICS FILA Cadet Nationals in Akron, Ohio. Norstrem went 6-0 and scored either falls or technical falls on every opponent.
“I was more prepared for nationals than any tournament I’ve ever been to,” Norstrem said.
Dominance was the word at nationals where Norstrem did not surrender a single point and no opponent lasted past the first period. Norstrem was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
“(International competition) gives (Norstrem) just a bit more experience that will help him when he wrestles older guys this season,” Brandon coach Russ Cozart said. “He has dedicated himself to all three phases (Greco, folk, freestyle) and has put together a couple of great tournaments.”