Morgan Rieder grew up in a wrestling family. The youngest of four boys, his three older brothers, Fredrick, Alex and Grayson all wrestled for Paonia.
Morgan Rieder recently signed to wrestle for the University of Wyoming-Laramie, where he will wrestle at 197 pounds.
He will study welding art. "It's something new, it should be interesting and fun," he said.
Rieder said he selected UW for its wrestling and its Olympic-caliber training facility. Head coach Mark Branch, a two-time Oklahoma state champion who won an NCAA national title his freshman year at Oklahoma State, just completed his fifth season at UW. Branch has turned the program around and has taken the Division I team to four regional titles and placed in the top 25 at the 2013 NCAA championships. In 2013, the team sent six to NCAA championships and produced two All-Americans. UW has been ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation the past three seasons. The team was recently named one of 30 "NWCA Division I All-Academic teams in the nation," according to a release on its website.
"They had the best program," of all the schools he looked at, said Rieder.
Morgan Rieder is the third in his family to attend UW. Alex Rieder, a 2005 PHS graduate, was also a red-shirt freshman and in 2009 was a recipient of the All-American Strength and Conditioning award. He graduated with a degree in agriculture and will join the team's coaching staff this fall.
Rieder will have to adjust to folk style freestyle wrestling. "It's not that big of a change," said Rieder, who plans to red-shirt his freshman year and "... take a year to get used to that level of competition and do as well as I can."
Rieder, a four-year varsity wrestler for the Eagles, wrestled to a 34-5 season and 28 pins his senior year. He ended his high school career with a 108-35 record and was a four-year state qualifier. He lost out early his freshman year and placed the next three years.
In 2012 he was state runner-up and completed his senior year by placing fifth.
This year Rieder also received all-conference first team honors in football and was a state qualifier in the discus.
Rieder plans to work out with the team this summer and will compete in July at the Fargo, N.D., Freestyle/Greco National Championships.
Rieder said he's grateful for everything he learned at Paonia High School and wrestling for head coach Andy Pipher.
If Rieder misses anything, it will be the duals. In the past two years, the Eagles lost only one dual. Said Rieder, "Everyone was always at the duals and the gym was always filled."blog comments powered by Disqus