(Council Bluffs) -- Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln senior standout Jude Ryan is coming off a big weekend that he hopes is a harbinger of big things to come.
The latest Jim Hughes Real Estate KMAland Male Athlete of the Week picked up a 145-pound championship at the Rollin Dyer Invitational in Atlantic on Saturday, nabbing a pair of state-ranked wins in the process.
“I wanted to go out there with the highest expectations for myself,” Ryan told KMA Sports. “I put in the work outside the room so I expected to go in and win all those matches.”
Ryan picked up some added motivation when he found out that he was seeded fourth in a loaded bracket.
“It motivated me a bit,” he said. “I’ve been seeded low before, and it’s like I have to go out and prove myself. These people don’t believe I can wrestle, so I’ve got to go show them I can.”
Ryan did exactly that, including a 9-6 decision win over 2A No. 2 ranked Isaac Bryan of Sergeant Bluff-Luton, who he will likely see again this year in the Missouri River Conference.
“It was a lot of mentally preparing before the match,” Ryan said. “We went over a bit of film. He’s a really solid wrestler, and he tries to muscle people around. When he started pushing in then I was able to hit some throws.
“I was pretty comfortable with that since I wrestle Greco a lot. I was able to incorporate the offseason styles into that big match, and it ended up getting some big points for me.”
Ryan, who is committed to wrestle at Wisconsin-LaCrosse, hopes his successes this past weekend will carry over as the season moves on.
“I think the main thing it does for me is gives me a lot of momentum and confidence,” he said. “You win one then you win the next one and the next one. It keeps snowballing.”
Hear the full interview from Wednesday’s KMAland Catch Up with Ryan linked below.