DES MOINES – Washington’s Fletcher Green earned his long-awaited chocolate shake.
The Washington Demons junior hasn’t had one all season, but planned to celebrate his latest feat by downing one.
Green tallied two early takedowns and posted an 8-3 victory over West Delaware’s Zach Less for the 113-pound state championship at the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 2A state wrestling tournament Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
He is the school’s first since Bobby Gonshorowski won his second straight in 1997.
“It’s an amazing moment,” said Green, who was showing his medal off to others in a tunnel after stepping from the awards stand. “There’s nothing like it that I’ve experienced.”
Green (36-5) entered the tournament ranked fourth and didn’t have a match closer than five points. He rolled into the finals, leaving nothing to chance after failing to earn a medal last year.
The disappointment from a year ago provided added motivation and made the accomplishment more precious.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work,” Green said. “I just stayed positive and done the little things right.
“I believe that I did what it took to get a medal and I didn’t get it. It makes this even sweeter.”
It might be sweeter than his chocolate shake.