Junior Bryar Newbary stood on the podium Saturday night, tears in his eyes, thinking only about how far he’d come in the last year for this moment.
“I’ve never been on a stage that big, in front of 5,000 people. It was a huge accomplishment, and one I’d been working 13 years for,” Newbary said.
And he’d only been cleared to compete a week before the seeding tournament.
In the summer of 2016, Newbary was poised to win a Regional Triple Crown, in which a wrestler wins a Freestyle, Folkstyle and Greco-Roman championship in one year. With two titles under his belt, he was in the finals to take the Greco title, when he dislocated his shoulder--an injury his physical therapists were afraid he might never recover from.
Yet, last weekend, as the 205 pound champion at the Montana AA State Wrestling