Wrestler Bruggink earns All-American honors

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Lauryn Bruggink

— It’s been one “last” thing after another for former Soroco High School wrestling standout Lauryn Bruggink.

There was her last prep match in February in the consolation bracket of the state wrestling tournament in Denver. Then came her last day of high school, and now, this summer, her last trip to the Women’s Freestyle Wrestling Junior Nationals, set again this year in Fargo, N.D.

With that came another big “last”: her last match being coached by her father, Travis Bruggink.

Lauryn Bruggink, headed this fall to wrestle for Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, finished sixth in the event, earning All-American honors for the second time in her four trips to the event. “It was fun, nice,” Bruggink said, “but the way my dad was able to coach me, be in my corner, this last time, that was probably the best part of the whole week.”

Bruggink rolled through four matches in the 112-pound bracket and emerged as one of four undefeated wrestlers after the first round. Things didn’t go as well the rest of the way, and she lost a match for fifth place.

She was seventh while earning All-American honors at the same event after her freshman season.“It was just a nice little pre-empt into college,” she said.

Bruggink said she has stayed busy this summer preparing for that next stage. She attended a weeklong camp at Wayland Baptist but spent the weeks before and after that adhering to workout plans designed to get her ready for collegiate wrestling.

“Now I just have three weeks before school, and I just want to relax,” she said.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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