Garrett Port had a senior year at Richmond High School with plenty of wrestling accolades.
As a senior, he won his 100th match as a Red Devil, finishing with 117.
Among those victories, he earned his first North Central Conference wrestling title, his first sectional title and a regional title in the 132-pound weight class, earning three semistate trips on the way.
It was a great way for him to end his wrestling career, he thought.
As it turned out, it wasn’t completely the end.
Port leaves for Pratt, Kan., today where he will continue his wrestling career at Pratt Community College.
“He was one of those dedicated kids that’s really passionate — obviously a kid with potential to wrestle at the next level,” RHS coach Jeremy Bane said. “He’s a competitive kid, he’s wrestled a lot in the off-season after high school.”
Port said he had his eyes set on joining the military after high school, before Bane helped him find alternatives.
“Coach Bane, he’s one of the main reasons I get to wrestle in college, because I was thinking about the military but he got me off of that,” Port said. “…It feels great. It’s all I’ve been working for in my time at Richmond and it’s great that now it’s paying off.”
Pratt is a junior college that competes in the National Junior College Association and Port has high hopes.
“My main goal in junior college is to win nationals or at least place one year, end up going to (NCAA) Division I or Division II and try to compete for a national title there,” Port said.
Six Beavers qualified for nationals a year ago when Pratt ended the year with a 3-3 dual meet record and ranked 18th in the nation.
Port competed in the 132-pound weight class for the Red Devils and has yet to decide if he will wrestle 133 or 141 for Pratt. He says he currently weighs 150.
“Richmond was great, I just want to put our school on the map for wrestling,” Port said. “I want to be one of the other ones like Ben Wissel — I know coach Bane’s doing a great job building the program to where it can be.”
“He’s going to give you everything he’s got, working against those other kids wrestling at the next level,” Bane added. “He’ll be competitive and enjoy the competition, hopefully he’s one of a lot of kids we can move on to the next level in the next couple of years and be a role model.”