3/8/2013 1:58:00 PM Headlock move gives Broze a state title
by Mike Dalton
Cannon Falls High School junior Clay Broze won four matches at the state class "AA" wrestling tournament last week, and claimed first place at the 220 pound weight class.
Included in that win streak was an 8-5 decision over Joe Schiller of Totino-Grace, the defending state champion, in the semifinals, and an 11-10 win over JD Struxness of Dawson in the title match.
Broze used a headlock manuever to seal both wins. He trailed Schiller by a couple of points late in the semifinal match, but used the headlock to get a nearfall and the win.
"I've been trying not to use that move," Broze said. "Schiller's coaches were yelling at him to watch for the headlock, but I got him anyway."
Broze said his off-season goal was to make the state tournament. "Once I made state, I just decided to have fun. I didn't look ahead, and took it one match at a time. Heading into the championship match, I told myself 'this if fun!' I would have been happy with either 1st or 2nd."
In the title match, against Struxness, Broze found himself on his back early in the match. "I didn't let it get to me, I just kept fighting.
"It feels really good to be a champion," Broze said. "We joked over the summer about going to the state tournament, and I guess I did that and more."