He is described as a world-class wrestler by his coaches, but Moody High School student Cory Land, 15, is not the kind to chest-thump about his previous victories, which will bring him to an international tournament next month in Bulgaria.
“It’s a surreal feeling,” he said. “It really hit me that I’m going to be on a plane to a different country in the next month, so it’s exciting and a little nerve-wracking.”
On June 1, Land won the Cadet Greco-Roman National Championship in Ohio.
“I just had to believe in my coaches and my training partners and what they taught me and the training that led up to it,” he said of his last victory.
Weighing at 105 pounds, the two-time state champion won a National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) national tournament. He now qualifies for the U.S. team at the tournament to be held in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
He is the sole Alabama resident of the team. Land said that the team is made up of individuals hailing from all over the U.S. such as Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ohio and so on.
All of the countries taking part in the upcoming tournament will have their own world team trials. Land will be squaring off with the winners of those trials who could be from Russia and other nations.
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